They did not know when they were born, how old they were, and did not have any knowledge of their parents or family. “Genealogical trees do not flourish among slaves.” (Douglass, 30) When Fredrick Douglas’s meet his brothers and sisters it meant nothing to him because he had no idea who they were. He knew that he should feel some kind of connection between them, but he could not manage to feel that bond because the slave system had taken that away from him and from other slaves. The Masters had belittled the slaves and made slaves believe that God had chosen them to be slaves. They treated the slaves as property because the slave system had made them property.
The comparison on Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass's views on slavery and prejudice are quite similar. They both were black slaves who hoped for a better future for blacks that did not include slavery. They both detested slavery and the prejudice of the whites and believed that everyone was equal. Booker T. Washington's book Up From Slavery is an excellent view of what he went through as a slave and how he views slavery and prejudice. Frederick Douglass also wrote a book "The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass" which is also a great example of what slaves had to go through every day, confined to slavery.
The enslaved weren’t allowed to know their name or even their own family. The only thing that they need to know was how to obey their master. Douglass’s old master, Mr. Auld, told Douglass learning how to read and right only ruins a slave. He said that educating a slave will only make them unmanageable and unhappy. Frederick Douglass tells his life story through his autobiography, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Douglass got the message across that slavery was dehumanizing to both slaves and slave owners. His story made a huge impact on today’s society and has inspired many people on how dehumanizing slaver is, including myself. The sad fact is that various forms of slavery still exist today, whether it is young girls being sold into white slavery or African children being forced to work in the diamond minds. I believe the primary objective of our civilization should be to eliminate all forms of slavery. If we can accomplish this in the near future, Douglass’s work will have an even greater meaning than it does
Douglass received a severe beating from Covey one day, and while in despair turned to a friend of his, Sandy Jenkins for support. Jenkins advised Douglass: “there was a certain root; which, if I would take some of it with me, carrying it always on my right side, would render it impossible for Mr. Covey, or any other white man, to whip me." Not truly convinced, but complying anyhow, Douglass did as he was told. Upon returning to Covey's land, a confrontation immediately took place between Douglass the slave, and Covey the master.
He was particularly not very fond of Thomas Jefferson, who he thought to be a racist. In his “Appeal in Four Articles” we can detect the tone and seriousness in his voice right away. This is obviously not a topic he takes lightly. He blasts the institution of slavery right away when he says, “But we, (coloured people) and our children are brutes!! and of course are and ought to be slaves to the American people and their children forever“ ( Walker 792).
“That he was the rightful owner of his body?” he stated. They could not read or write; they were beaten to death. Mr. Douglas made a very strong point that slavery was wrong. He told us, “Must I argue that a system, thus marked with blood and stained with pollution, is wrong?” Mr. Douglas made a very strong impact on the people listening to his speech that day. He closed with this, “There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody, then are the people of these United States, at this hour….” I think independence means that you have the right to do what you would like to and fulfill your liberties.
After reading Douglass’s narrative I was able to see the true affect slavery had on the African Americans. If I were to have not read James Henretta’s The South Expands: Slavery and Society, I would have no sympathy for the white slave owners. One example Douglass gives is when he talks about one of his slave owners Colonel Lloyd. He discussed how Lloyd had a great amount of slaves and could not recognize every single one. He would walk down the road and if he saw a lone slave he would ask the slave who is owner was and how was he treated.
They are still considered inferior by some people. Many of the traumas, injustices and pains caused by slavery have never been solved and they remain in the minds of African- American people as a terrible heritage of that era. It has been almost impossible for the African-American families to create a stable and safe home where they could bring up their children. I am going to focus on the issue of separating the families, mothers and children and on the problem of the impossibility education of black children by their mothers as it is depicted in Uncle Tom´s Cabin. 1.
Arendt acknowledges the treatment of slaves and compares it to genocide of the human race. Both Douglass and Arendt wanted a better world and were not afraid to talk openly about change. They also spoke up about the harsh punishments put upon people. In Douglass’ narrative, he expresses his feelings toward his slave owners and their mistreatment toward him and other slaves. “Mary was about fourteen; and of all the mangled and emaciated creatures I ever looked upon…the head, neck, and shoulders of Mary were literally cut to pieces” (161).