Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

1420 Words Dec 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818. Douglass wrote “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself” in 1845. This narrative was written to inform readers how the lives of slaves were, and the harsh treatment they experienced. Within the narrative we see how the slave system was corrupted. It was clear throughout the narrative that there were specific perpetrators, victims, and bystanders within the slave system that took roles in their inhumane treatments. Slaves were treated with the lowest of respect, and had no form of justice or rights. The slave system during the time that Frederic Douglass was a slave was corrupted, and he made that very clear within his narrative. In Douglass’ narrative we are shown how little rights the slaves have. Most slaves have no known birth records, or they are never shown their birth records. “By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant” (Douglass, “Narrative” 946). These slaves spend their whole lives never knowing who their family is. Some families were even split up; can you imagine being separated from your parents as a young child? The overseers were even worse than the masters. Douglass talks about an overseer named Plummer; he treated the slaves as though they were trash. “I have known him to cut and slash the women’s heads so horribly, that even…

Related Documents