Even though whites were looked at as the superior race because of slavery, there was still a difference between poor whites and rich whites. That’s the impression I got from him about justice difference between black and people of color and whites. Fredrick Douglass would agree with the statement, “ No one can be enslaved if they have the ability to read, write and think. I feel as if only someone who cannot think for him or her self can be enslaved. Frederick Douglass was a man of using his mind.
He shows us just how terrible the life of a slave was, and how he is able to escape from this hell. Not only does he escape, but he is able to put into effect a revolution against slavery, to finally open up the eyes of America to its’ own foundations on which it is built. Our founding fathers said that all men are created equal and this is what Frederick Douglass is fighting for. One of his keys to his escape and his influence of the American public is his education. He would not have been able to accomplish any of his feats without the knowledge and the willpower he gained from his teachings.
He had to maintain independence because he was a slave and knew that he could be moved around to the ownership of another slave master. While Douglass was still a slave he started a school in the cabin of a freed black man to teach people to read. He wanted to express to people that it was important to know how to read and be independent so slaves won’t have to depend on their
He's going to ameliorate their conditions, he's going to make their slavery on his plantations so effective, so good, such an even joyous form of labor, that he will be doing God's work by improving slavery” (Blight). Therefore, “there are plenty of pro-slavery writers who also, to some extent, whether out of guilt or out of awareness, saw slavery as wrong, but they saw it as a problem more for white people than for black people. Their concern was not the conditions of blacks but what slavery did to whites, and usually they ended up in the same situation as Colcott Jones.”
The slave era can be agreed it was a terrible atrocity upon our fellow man, and it cannot be brought into a light of just, but it did give birth to some true characters who we can look up to and live alike. The characters in both Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass are ideal examples of true characters as they pushed through slavery and gained freedom but did not stop there. Jacobs’ spent her freedom getting her families’ freedom and Douglass went on to help others escape and spread knowledge on the cruelty of slavery. The last thing, and most powerful thing this book left me with is that each slave was an individual unalike any other, and these individuals were in fact an individual, individuals who lived their life for the betterment of others and accomplished an impossible
It is here that I think Douglass makes another significant step, that is when he creates protections for himself and his clan, or as I like to think of it, their own declaration of independence from the slave community. But, like all things thus far in Douglass’s life, things fell through, and he suffered the mean hand of a relentless slave system. Although Douglas had burned his fake protection papers in order to save himself and his allies, the declaration was still clear in his mind. Like a true revolutionary, he stuck to it and eventually experienced life unrestrained by the horrid slave community in which he came from. It truly is amazing how much Douglass went through in order to experience life outside of his own community.
Sure, they made the best out of a bad situation and lived in the lifestyle that was set for them but that doesn’t mean they enjoyed their work experiences. The system benefited some there is no doubt but in the context of just slaves there is no way. They were exploited for their labor, beaten, worked in tough conditions and were separated from their loved ones. One just needs to ask himself if he would see that lifestyle as fitting and happy. Slaves unanimously agree that they system of slavery was cruel, brutal and horrifying.
Although learning to read was very important for Fredrick Douglass’s path to freedom, his battle with Mr. Covey was the most important part of his journey because it marks the point when he stopped thinking of himself as a slave. Mr. Douglass’s education allowed him to learn about abolitionism and even teach others so that they too may be free men. Although this is an important skill,
Lincoln believed that blacks were entitled to the same rights as other men and citizens. Blacks were not allowed to take advantage of their rights in the United States, but they should on their own land. The blacks did not ask to be brought to America, they were taken into slavery. Many slave owners claimed that they were helping the blacks because they do not have the ability or mental capacity to provide for themselves and their family. They also claimed that leaving the blacks on their homeland would have subjected them to the dangers of wildlife and
Every story about African Americans in 1800s all included element of racial discrimination, because most of them were slaves in that era. After we take away slavery's demystifies, all we can see is its brutality and wrongness. In this book ""Frederick Douglass's Narrative", abolitionist movement support gave us his own experiences of how cruel that African Americans were been unhuman treated. This story start with Frederick Douglass's slaver life, his birthplace and the fact that he does even not know when did he born. He points out that slave owners always want keep their slavers ignorant in order to better control them.