Frederick Douglass Search For Freedom

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| The Quest for Freedom | | | Ed Beliveau | 2/2/2014 | My thoughts on the Narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass. | Beliveau 1 Edward Beliveau Professor Gehring The American Experience Feb 2, 2014 Freedom There was much in the life of slaves that cannot be debated, like their inequality, their lack of education, and all basic personal freedoms that we all have come to rely on. In the narrative of the life of Fredrick Douglass we see how his life of constant searching for knowledge and his physical rebellion to his overseers came from his own thoughts of what manhood meant and his perception of the psychological sources of the master’s power over the slave. Douglass does a great job of showing us the inequality…show more content…
“If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master- to do as he is told to do. Learning will spoil the best nigger in the world. Now,” said he, “if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He will become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontent and unhappy.”(Douglass 20) If I had heard that spoken about myself I do not think that I could have sat and listened to him. This was not the first time that Douglass had seen or heard the whites talk about the slaves that way, but it forever changed him. From this point on Douglass vowed to continue his education no matter what he had to do, sneaking bread out of the house to give to the poor white boys in exchange for a small bit of knowledge that they could share with him. Next was the challenging task of learning to write, from betting with boys to see who could write better to copying the boy’s homework that he was supposed to be looking after. Douglass made this a mission and was destine to see it through. I believe that it was this determination that allowed him to eventually become a freeman as well. I can compare this to my own live, back when I wanted to join the Marine Corps much of my family and guidance counselor wanted me to do more with my life like go to college but I held true to what I wanted and am very proud of my

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