Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass In learning about the history of America from the colonization to the reconstruction I decided to read The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass. Frederick was one of the very few literate slaves. He was an incredibly important character in American and African-American history. Though he was blessed with intelligence most slaves were not, he still lived the same kind of life of the typical slave.

Fredrick Douglas was born in Maryland; he does not know the date of his birth, as did most slaves. He never really had a chance to know his mother, only having seen her four or five times. Fredrick taught himself how to read and write despite it being against his slave-owners wishes. He could
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The more I read the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers." (Pg. 24) The knowledge, which Frederick Douglass gained, did not free him from his horrible situation, but rather compounded his discontentment as a slave. It is hard to determine how other slaves were able to maintain a sense of individuality and worth, despite not having the opportunity or possess the resourcefulness to obtain the knowledge of Frederick Douglass.

Miraculously, they broke away from the teachings that their white masters had bestowed upon them, which taught them that blacks were commanded by God to obey their superior white masters. This is what Douglas refers to as the “slaveholders religion” (page 45). Douglas perceives a big difference between Christianity and the slaveholders’ religion, “to receive Christianity as good, pure and holy, is of necessity to reject the slaveholders religion as bad, corrupt and wicked.” (Page 46). Religion came to rely upon the slaveholders for financially support; “The dealer gives his bloodstained gold to support the pulpit.” (Page 48) Douglas describes this companionship by stating, “Here we have religion and robbery allies of each other.” (Page 48) The goodness of God was interpreted in such a way by these churches as to give the slaveholders a sense that slaveholding is right. Religion was the essence of the newly emerging African American subculture. Borrowed from

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