“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission”-----Eleanor Roosevelt.
During the eighteenth century African people were considered “property” of their slaveholders and had no control over their own life. They were victims of psychological and physical brutal treatment. This story represents confinement, slavery and the lack of power African people had in such a racist society back in those days. African talents were absolutely wasted and they were considered inferior to white individuals. The “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” simply addresses that white society was causing negative effects to itself and that slavery must be abolished in order to shape a better world. The depicted brutality narrated in
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Also, he uses real names for the places; in short, places known for slaveholding that would give more credibility to his affirmations if investigators are to look for witnesses. In comparison to nowaday’s values from those of Frederick Douglass’s age, society these days has learned that ignorance is the worst enemy of all nations and that slavery would not make this world a better place to live. Moreover, world’s population has learned that education is the secret to success and that moral values are really vital for the family, a fact with which slavery was not clearly understood or slaveholders did not care for it as much as they should have because was convenient for them. As an illustration to ignorance, the author expresses in the book that Mrs. Sophia Hugh taught Frederick Douglass how to read at first, and that Mr. Hugh, her husband, forbade Mrs. Hugh teaching him how to read since that may cause the slave to rebel against him. Yet what Mr. Hugh did not realize is that he just triggered Frederick Douglass’s interest and curiosity regarding education. There was obviously a secret in education that the author of this autobiography was eager to discern. Once Douglass learns how to read, he notices that there are anti-slavery movement groups and abolitionists in the North of the United States, a fact that he had been missing out