Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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In the short story titled, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, written by Frederick Douglass, the narrator experiences prejudice and racism towards him because of the color of his skin. Likewise, in the autobiography titled Dreams Of My Father, by Barack Obama, the author describes his early life growing up and how he dealt with the discrimination that he was faced with throughout his life. In both of these stories, the two writers opposed the inequality against them simply based on their skin color. Although both of the books were written from different times of history, before and after the prohibition of slavery, both of the authors believed that knowledge was power and believed that to resist against the maltreatment from the white people, they had to educate themselves and others about the racism from the white people. Both authors quickly discovered that knowledge is what white people possess over African Americans and soon teach themselves about the racism with the world around him. Frederick Douglass taught himself how to read and write, while Barack Obama would often read books that would explain about the white people and their culture. While talking to one of his friends, Obama explains, “And because the book teaches me things... It’s about the man who wrote it. The European...So I read the book to help me understand just what it is that makes white people so afraid. Their demons. The way ideas get twisted around. It helps me…

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