The Life Of Frederick Douglass And Solomon Northup Essay

1062 Words Sep 6th, 2016 5 Pages
Racism during times of slavery was a challenge for the black population that heavily oppressed them to maintain a laborless life for their white oppressors. The majority of black men and women during this era were slaves, but the other black people who were free were still harshly discriminated against and denied many privileges permitted to free men. However, some men and women of the free black population managed to make a living for themselves. Frederick Douglass was born a slave and even with a massive degree of racism projected towards him, grew up to be a famous abolitionist and orator. Solomon Northup was born a free man, but was kidnapped into slavery until his escape, after which he became an abolitionist. Frederick Douglass and Solomon Northup triumphed over many challenges presented by racism and slavery that few other slaves have overcome, including receiving an education, finding a paying job, and escaping their enslavement.
During the early 19th century, literate black men and women were scarce because white people tried to isolate them from books and knowledge. If they were literate then it would show their white oppressors that they were also human and deserved a right to freedom and equal treatment. Frederick Douglass was not literate until Mr. Auld’s wife, Mrs. Auld, taught him how to read. Mr. Auld was furious when he found out about the lessons, so he berated his wife by saying, “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know…

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