The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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Douglass’s Narrative shows many ways that slavery harmed people, especially the enslaved. There are many examples in the book that shows slavery harmed enslaved people, which usually referred to the African American. From the book, the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” by Frederick Douglass, we could clearly identify several ways of the harmfulness of slavery. In this paper, we will focus the harmfulness to slaves in the area of physical, psychological, and social. In addition, the paper will also talk about the harmfulness to people who were not slave. First, slavery harmed people in physical way, such as tortured. Masters whipped their slaves either for pleasure or necessities. In the book, there were descriptions of Mr. Severe, who were the overseer. “I have seen him (Mr. Severe) whip a woman, causing the blood to run half an hour at the time… in the midst of her crying children, pleading for their mother’s release. He seemed to take pleasure in manifesting his fiendish barbarity… he was a profane swearer.” (Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, 21) In this description, we could understand that Mr. Severe took pleasure while whipping slaves. However, he was not the only person who took pleasure. In the book, we could understand that most Masters enjoyed whipping their slaves. “(The sons and sons-in-law of Colonel Lloyd) lived at the Great House Farm, and enjoyed the luxury of whipping the servants…

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