Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

1055 Words Mar 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Some people believe that slavery was morally acceptable because slaves had the necessities of an average lifestyle: clothes to wear, food to eat, and a place to live. Due to the research taught in history lessons and Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, however, this belief can be strongly opposed. It is taught that slaves, especially those from the south, had a terrible life. Regardless of the fact that they were given some of life’s basic essentials, the argument remains that slaves were treated unfairly, considering their necessities were always given to them in the bare minimum or in the worst possible condition. Therefore, it is appropriate to argue—especially with historic proof from research and Douglass’ narrative—that slavery was not an exaggeration and was, indeed, barbaric. Research taught in history classes has most definitely proven the atrocities committed towards slaves. In history, students are taught that, from the beginning, slaves were being mistreated before they even began working in America. They were carried from Africa to America on a ship traveling the Middle Passage. On this voyage, the naked slaves were cramped with thousands of others on the ship to the point where there was not enough food, water, sleeping space, or even air to breathe. For this reason, many slaves died before arrival. Those who did make it to America were starved, dehydrated, and weak, yet were forced to almost immediately begin working. In their…

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