The Slavery Of Ignorance, By Fredrick Douglass

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The Slavery of Ignorance Slavery is the ability to allow ignorance to take away opportunity created by knowledge. This system has and will always be used against anyone that lacks education, keeping them in a state of unawareness. Fredrick Douglass is also an example, not of just slavery, but how gaining knowledge can overcome this system that is not just a physical state of the body. Slavery is also a condition of the mind, due to the inability to receive education. The life of Douglass is a perfect example of this point because he started out as an ignorant child slave with no hope of ever coming out of this wretched life, but he is unique with enlightenment at a young age realizing his fate could be overcome with knowledge. Ignorance is the absence of knowledge, but knowledge is only obtained through hope of achievement, especially for the slave. Everyone starts out ignorant, but learns from the time of birth what is by nature good or bad. This idea can be split by intellect and knowledge. Intellect is very important in the quest for knowledge because it allows for …show more content…
Douglass considers these ideas to Christianity saying, “It was a severe cross, and I took it up reluctantly.” creating an atmosphere of logic to battle slavery (75). The “Liberator” is a perfect place to start using everything that he has learned to inform the people. This should always be the result of education, especially in the field of expertise. Douglass does not carry a lack of knowledge in slavery, living it since his youth. This is a perfect opportunity to inform not only the few people he knew, but to unleash it to everyone that would read of his life. This is something that is done on a daily basis between friends to help them come out of slavery situations. Douglass shared this knowledge to give the nurturing and logic to the people to give them the knowledge to escape slavery for

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