The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the hardships of slavery and the struggles faced to obtain freedom are portrayed. The narrative takes place in the antebellum south, when slavery is at its peak. This is significant because Douglass is recounting his first-hand experience during the worst time of slavery. Douglass gives insight to the reader about his experience and portrays the harshness and brutality of slavery and what slaves had to face throughout the course of their lives. This paper will demonstrate the treatment of slaves, societal relationships, and the control of slaves. The narrative will also be evaluated as a historical source and will discuss the strengths and limitations of the book as a source.
Throughout the narrative, Douglass portrays many examples of the treatment of slaves in the antebellum south. In most scenarios, the slaves were treated very cruelly and had to face severe punishments from their masters. They were looked upon as objects meant strictly for work and were not treated fairly. Douglass goes into great detail and describes the beatings that the slaves underwent. In one case he recalls, “After rolling up his sleeves (Colonel Lloyd), he commenced to lay on the heavy cowskin (whip), and soon the warm, red blood, came dripping to the floor” (Douglass 5). Douglass describes a woman being crucially whipped because she had disobeyed her owner, and this was a common practice amongst the slave masters. The way the slaves were…

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