The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass And Frederick Douglass Essay

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During the United States slave era it was thought that there was approximately four hundred and fifty thousand brought to America from the African continent. In Frederick Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl were both slave narratives that talk about their experiences as being being a generation of slave in the United States. Both text clearly describe how the inhumane treatment of slaves by their slaveholders caused fear and distress among slaves. In relation to the inhumane treatment both of the authors and their peers went through severe mental and physical abuse. Each reading has plenty of evidence to describe both of these topics very well. The first topic of mental abuse by slaveholders is displayed clearly in both reading. As Frederick Douglass states, “to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child.”( Douglass, pg.1). Douglass was talking about how he never knew his mother and he believed the reason behind it was just cut off any feelings between the mother and the child. This was most likely practiced to allow the slave to only focus on work instead of relatives and parents. This was a very disturbing and cruel practice because a child born into slavery did not have the luxury of having someone to love as well as someone to love them. The practice of depriving a slave of love and comfort did not stop there either. Douglass would later go on to say,

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