Essay The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass

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In the narrative of Frederick Douglass titled “The Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass who is the son of a slave women and unknown white man explains his experience as a slave. As a young child Douglass experiences the cruel reality of slavery. Douglass states, “The white children could tell their ages. I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege. I was not allowed to make any inquires of my master concerning it” (Douglass 15). In other words, at the time Douglass didn’t understand the difference between white children and colored children. He sees himself equally to them even though at that time colored children were not looked upon equally as white children. Douglass moves on to describe the injustice that slaves experienced in the hands of their master and how slave-owners maintained the system of slavery in the Southern United States, and the tactics that were used. Furthermore, he explains how slavery was dehumanizing for everyone that was involved. With great knowledge comes great minds and slave-owners understood that concept, so therefore they deprived slaves from learning. Douglass writes, “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. 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 15). In other words, slave owners maintained the system of slavery by…

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