The Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass Essay

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The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass was written to portray not only Fredrick Douglass’s account of what he went through but also to depict what other slaves endured. Douglass’s narrative also shows the effects of slavery on the slaves, as well as, their masters. These points are supported in the preface to the book written by WM. Lloyd Garrison. Garrison writes about the first time he met Fredrick Douglass at an anti-slavery convention. Even though Douglass had just escaped from the grasp of slavery, he had the courage to stand up in front of a room of white men and deliver a heartbreaking, yet inspirational speech on slavery. After Douglass had finished his speech, Garrison stood up and declared,” Patrick Henry, of revolutionary fame, never made a speech more eloquent in the cause of liberty, than the one we had just listened to from the lips of that hunted fugitive.”(Page XXVII)
The slaveholders viewed education as a luxury that only whites should have, in addition to, a means for a slave to obtain freedom. They feared that once a slave was educated, he would soon find his way to freedom. According to Douglass’s book, education equals freedom. Slaveholders were so afraid of their slaves learning to read and write due to the fact that they feared that with their knowledge of how to read and write they would soon come to freedom. The slaveholders prohibited anyone from teaching a slave to read or write. In Douglass’s case, Mrs. Auld helped him learned to read…

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