Essay on The Life Of Frederick Douglass And Solomon Northup

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Racism towards African Americans has been around since the beginning of slavery. White people believed that they were superior to the the African American slaves, and to this day, some of these people still believe themselves to be greater and more powerful than the African Americans. However, throughout the course of slavery in America, there has been many people fighting this racism. Two of these people are Frederick Douglass and Solomon Northup. These two people have been introduced into slavery differently, but both fought racism in similar ways. Frederick Douglass was a man who was born into slavery, but escaped into freedom. Solomon Northup was a man who was born a freeman, and was brought into slavery during his adulthood. Frederick Douglass and Solomon Northup were both two men who fought racism due to the education they received, the help they granted other slaves, and the eventual escape to freedom. Frederick Douglass and Solomon Northup both resisted racism while they were in captivity by simply being educated. Slaves were not to be educated, as the ability to read and write would give slaves the idea to run away and escape, and to make slaves dissatisfied with being a slave. Frederick Douglass recalls what his master, Hugh Auld told him when Auld caught him learning his ABCs from Mrs. Auld,
Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now,if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him…

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