Narrative Of The Life Of Frederic Douglass Essay

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Narrative of the Life of Frederic Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself is a book written by Frederic Douglass, a slave who escaped a plantation to become one of the most important people in slave abolition and African American history. In this book, Douglass explains his experiences as a slave and as a man who did not own himself. Douglass learned many things along his journey and he shares them with us through his writings. This narrative explains how slaves were inadequately treated during this period of time by their white masters and slaveholders.
Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, Maryland. A place where murdering a slave was not considered a crime. Douglass was separated from his mom when he was a very young child, and he saw her only four or five times. When she died, Douglass said and I quote “I received the tidings of her death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger” (13). This is the first example of how slaves were treated poorly. Slaveholders separated slave children from their mother at a very young age. This was just the way it worked and everyone was accustomed to it happening, that is why Douglass seemed so calmed and peaceful when he mentioned his mother.
Obviously, another way slaves were treated poorly was the whippings. One could think that whipping children to teach them a lesson is a good way for them to learn. But grown men whipping grown men for pleasure is unacceptable. Douglass…

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