Knowledge And Freedom Of Frederick Douglas ' Narrative Essay

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Knowledge and Freedom in Frederick Douglas ' Narrative Frederick Douglas was born as a slave in Talbot County. He was not sure about his date of birth but he knew that it was 1817 or 1818. Douglas was born as a slave and faced the harshness and cruelty of his masters. He attained his freedom through knowledge, strong-will, and revolution. Douglas ' self education and knowledge were his weapons against the tyranny of white man. In the early stages of his life, Douglas did not understand what slavery means, but on hearing the slave songs, the spark of hatred toward his enslaved condition appeared, Douglas said "To those songs I trace my first glimmering conception of the dehumanizing character of slavery" (ch.2). The slaves were singing these songs as an expression of their deepest sorrow and longing for attaining freedom, Douglas said "Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy" (ch.2). Douglas also expressed his own condition of sadness and sorrow as he mentioned "The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart" (ch.2). As a sign of harshness, Douglas talked about Mr. Austin Gore who replaced Mr. Hopkins as overseer. Douglas considered Mr. Gore as a strict master because he impressed fear upon the slaves; he said "His savage barbarity was equalled only by the consummate coolness with which he committed the grossest and most savage deeds upon the slaves under his charge" (ch.4). Mr. Gore 's harshness appeared when he threatened a runaway slave whose name was…

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