The Perception Of Female Slaves In Slavery By Frederick Douglass

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Throughout his narrative Douglass keeps telling the readers about the brutal conditions that female slaves were faced with. He illustrates the story of a slave named Henny, another horribly disfigured slave, who was unable to use her hands because she fell into a fire as a child. His master, unsure want to do with her decides that she should be released and go fend for herself. After Douglass’s mother is sold away his grandmother takes care of him. However suddenly his master Anthony dies and he had left no will. This is very important to Douglass and the other slaves that Anthony owned because slaves were considered property of their master. Each slave is assessed to deem how much they are worth and luckily Douglass sent back to the family he was living with in Baltimore. However, his grandmother is not valuable enough to sell and she left in the woods to fend for herself. This adds to the negative perception of female slaves in Douglass’s life. She had worked hard all for master Anthony and still at the end of the day she is devalued and disrespected as if all her years of hard work meant nothing because she could not be used for breeding. Though his grandmother served …show more content…
This is an unfair account to give because it ignores the fact that male slaves were subjected to similar harsh conditions too. Given the time period it is very easy to assume that black women were doomed to suffer their whole lives but there are many examples that show that black women were able to overcome their suffering without the use of education. His lack of a positive female role model left him looking from the outside in on the feminine slave experience. He saw women beat until they were a bloody mess and some left in the wood to die from a very tender age, this shaped his perception of black women through out his

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