My Bondage And My Freedom Essay

1171 Words Nov 28th, 2016 5 Pages
In order to have a good understanding of the world around us and in society, one must have a basic knowledge of their surroundings. During the eighteenth and nineteenth century, slavery was a thriving concept in the United States. Slavery was particularly prominent in the southern region of the United States from the boom of the cotton industry. Many people have told stories through the grapevine that have impacted those who have listened to the trials and tribulations that slaves went through during this dark period in United States history. However, some people who were slaves had the ability to give a perspective that most slaves could not give. Frederick Douglas was a knowledgeable freed African American slave that gave a strong insight into the lives of slaves in his book, My Bondage and My Freedom. In his narrative, Mr. Douglas revealed the truth about slave lives, the culture of slavery, and the psychological damage these American slaves endured during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. His book was published in 1855, which was at the height of the slavery era. It is a narrative of his life experiences in American slavery, how he escaped, and began the fighting for the cause of freedom and helping others achieve freedom as well. Mr. Douglass explained several key themes in his narrative that still have a profound impact for those who read it today. One of his most profound themes throughout the book is based upon his continuing pursuit of seeking knowledge and…

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