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    Douglass read a book The Columbian Orator, which he read speeches on Catholic emancipation. These readings were important in developing thought and arguments regarding slavery. This ability he now acquired was described as a curse due to his inner reflection. He constantly thought about human bondage and did not find an answer to escape. He had overcome countless episodes of depression and hopelessness but finding a light within education. This lead to his ability to write on ship timber that he picked up from carpenters. He used his same tricks in his youth by claiming he writes better than white males. Subsequently they provided a writing lesson when trying to prove Douglass wrong. Eventually, Douglass had developed a plan to escape that successfully leads to his…

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    According to his autobiographical account, the Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American Slave, “The Columbian Orator”’s eye-opening testimonies about how slave masters derive their power from abusing uneducated people disturbs Douglass into drastically changing his original indifferent stance about Master Hugh. First of all, the dialogue between the well-spoken three-time runaway slave and their master “resulted in the voluntary emancipation of the slave on the part of the master”…

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    In his book The Columbian Orator in 1797, Caleb Bingham refers a conversation between a slave and a master. In part of the dialogue, the master said that “it is in the order of Providence that one man should become subservient to another.” The slave responded that “the robber who puts a pistol to your breast may make just the same plea. Providence gives him a power over your life and property.” This dialogue states a significant concept that the slavery is not natural because that just a kind…

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    Douglas also regarded his departure as "divine Providence." In Baltimore, he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld. Mrs. Auld attempted to teach him how to read and write, but when Mr. Auld knew about it, he "forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct [Douglas] further." Masters believed that it was "unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read" (Douglas, ch.6). Douglas took it upon himself to learn how to read and write, he said "I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom" (ch.6), which was…

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    his book. He would take bread and give it to the poor and in return they repaid him with the wonderful gift of knowledge. He is immensely grateful for the boys that helped him learn to read since it was unforgiveable to teach a slave anything in a Christian country. He used to tell the young boys, that he was friends with that he wished he would be free as they would be when they were grown men. His friends told him he would be free someday but Fredrick knew that he would be a slave for life.…

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    These were his source of intellectual ability to be able to creatively read and write and eventually was able to understand the political argument against slavery through the Columbian Orator. His rhetorical brilliance did not match white expectations of a formerly enslaved man. Frederick Douglas think that city slave holders are less cruel than rural slave holders because in the city, slave holders are aware of the disapproval of their non-slave holding neighbors. Frederick on his narration on…

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    In this short story of Fredrick Douglass “learning to read and write”, we come to discover that Fredrick Douglass was a slave for the Hugh family for seven years and wants to learn to read and write. It is within these seven years that He is able to fully learn to read and write by himself. At first, He was able to get help from Mrs. Hugh but soon after she stopped abruptly because of her husband insisting to. In order for Him to still learn, he would ask young white children to help him read a…

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    the status quo. Nothing was scarier to the officials than change of the system, because that would mean their world would change. As Frederick Douglass began to secretly educate himself, he willed himself to learn the alphabet and how to read. The book that he stumbled upon, The Columbian Orator gave him a different perspective of slaves. “The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left…

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    The main idea that encompasses this symbol, is when Douglass begins to understand what he is reading in The Columbian Orator. Prior to his literate ability, it was difficult, if not nearly impossible, for any slave to comprehend what was being said in The Columbian Orator. This novel is used to explain the atrocities of slavery, and was almost a light-bulb moment for Frederick Douglass. It very much saddened me, to think that these human beings were so ignorant to their conditions in slavery.…

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    lessons from the boys. “When I was sent on errands, I always took my book with me…I found time to get a lesson before my return” (Douglass 62). No matter the obstacles, Douglass always found a way to get in a lesson for the day. One day when he was twelve he discovered a book called “The Columbian Orator,” which enhanced his understanding about slavery. He read the book during his free time. “The Columbian Orator” was about a conversation between a slave and his master. “The more I read, the…

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