Essay on The Narrative Of Fredrick Douglass

1246 Words Apr 14th, 2016 5 Pages
And after rolling up his sleeves, he commenced to lay on the heavy cowskin, and soon the warm, red blood (amid heart-rending shrieks from her, and horrid oaths from him) came dripping to the floor." This was a very memorable moment for a slave himself, Fredrick Douglass in the "The Narrative of Fredrick Douglass." Fredrick not only didn’t know his mother and father but he also got to watch his Auntie get whipped right in front of his eyes. Slavery really split the United States between the North and the South. The main cause of the civil war was slavery. Abraham Lincoln claimed that one eighth of the souths population was of slaves, and the south wanted the slaves to be uneducated and oblivious so they couldn’t vote and have the freewill to do what they wanted. Abraham Lincoln also wanted to make all the slaves in the south free, but the south didn’t want to give up their slaves because they were their property and money makers. The north even believed that God was punishing the south for owning slaves. The south knew that if the slaves had the freedom to vote and were educated enough to know what they would be capable of, they could change the way they were treated as people. In the article "The Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln" it quotes "one-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the union but localized in the southern part of it these slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this…

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