Frederick Douglass An American Slave Analysis

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, Written by Himself: Analysis of the History of Slaves Jennylyn Hilario History B17A Doctor Rosales November 13, 2014 Slavery has always been a controversial topic. The question being asked is the following: Is enslaving people to work for a person morally justified? Demands for indentured servants decreased because they started to live longer and began to have ownership. Farm owners resorted to slaves and the demand for slaves skyrockets. Long-term, owning a slave would save a lot more money because slaves were like property. They were owned and once owned, they could be kept for a long time, until death. Whether owning a slave for farm labor or as butlers and…show more content…
In the book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, Frederick Douglass relives the memories that haunts his everyday life. Frederick Douglass “was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot County, Maryland”. Frederick Douglass explains that he does not know the year he is born as well as how old he but speculates the year of his birth is around 1818. He does not know who his father is; however, he has overheard his mother, Harriet Bailey, say that his master was the one who got her pregnant. Slave owners often separated the mother and the child after birth. This is to prevent the mother from having a bond or a close relationship with the child. The separation is effective because oddly enough, when Frederick Douglass’s mother dies, he is not fazed by her passing. He was only seven years old when she…show more content…
Captain Anthony was looking for her one night and found out she had gone out. Hester not only disobeyed leaving without permission but also mingling with another slave. The slave she was mingling with was a man by the name of Ned Roberts. Colonel Lloyd was the slave owner of Ned Roberts and was often referred to as Lloyd’s Ned. When she got home, Captain Anthony told her to remove her clothing and she received lashes until she bled. Witnessing this sight, Frederick Douglass ran into a closet and waited until the horrific beating was over. Slaves had to encounter these brutality if they were caught doing something the masters did not allow. Most beatings involved whip lashes and bloody backs. Sometimes the masters would let others whip the person so the beatings were not consistent. Slaveholders did not have much compassion for the slaves and are often cruel and

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