The Narrative Of Frederick Douglass Essay

741 Words Nov 11th, 2016 3 Pages
In the narrative of Frederick Douglass, Douglass discussed education as a mean of persuasion rather than protest. In the autobiography Douglass makes valid points about what slaves cannot do because their masters won’t allow them. For example, “...slaves know little of their age.” Neither Frederick nor any other slave could know their age because their masters wanted to keep them ignorant and unknowledgeable. In agreement to Mr. Auld, slaves are persistently stripped of all self-identity rights including, (birth dates, parents, personal names, etc.) and denied access to a basic education because, “If you teach a nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master.” White slave owners believed that if slaves were given no personal information, they would look at themselves as nonexistent and no one, which would make them easier to command and treat as personal property instead of a human being. Banning slaves an education denied them the opportunity to find and create their own self-identity within society. The theme of education is mentioned throughout the book quite often while Douglass tells his narrative. During this time slaves, could not read or write because their white superior did not want them to be knowledge. In the preface Douglass states, “…slavery was a poor school for the human intellect and heart, he narrated some of the facts in his own history as a…

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