Hist 1301 Essay

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Stephanie Lazo Hist 1301-005 Paper 1 September 26, 2013 In My Bondage and My freedom, Frederick Douglass writes about his life experiences growing up as a slave to become a free man and abolitionist. In his biography, he argued throughout the book that slavery victimized everyone. Slavery caused everyone to be slaved in some way, therefore, I agree with Douglass argument because slavery was a regular thing to everyone due to one's race. In other words, Slavery which is captivity against its own will is something that should not be tolerated in any circumstance. Slavery would take everything away from ones life from being victims of their slave owners. A slave would lose everything; even the right to be free and to have something that is called family, as Douglass stated, “Slavery had made us strangers. I heard the words brother and sisters, and knew they must mean something; but slavery had robbed these terms of their true meaning” (Douglass, 39). Not being allowed to stay together as a family was something that was cruel when it came to having brothers and sisters; which meant that Douglass was born to immediately follow his mother's footsteps, “the domestic hearth, with its hole lesson and precious endearments, is abolished in the case of a slave-mother and her children”(Douglass, 39-40). Having a parent separated from its children is what could be called one of the most cruel cases of slavery. Frederick Douglass also argued that by being held against their will, slaves were stripped off their own identities. Not having identities would mean nothing as said, “that’s how slaves were considered not humans” (Pettengill, 9-10-13). Ones would lose their identities, but also slave owners would too. For example, slave owners were not allowed to have any type of relationships with
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