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.
She tried to convince him that in the Indian culture, long hair is a sign for masculinity and balance but Wind-Wolf was too hard-headed to understand. Wind-Wolf’s father decided to take a stand so he wrote a letter to Wind-Wolf’s teacher and explained to her that Wind-Wolf was an intelligent boy. Wind-Wolf was not one of the kids that learned things from a textbook, he learned things through life. For the first five years of his life, he was surrounded by various religions including Protestant, Catholic, Asian Buddhist, and Tibetan Lamaist. He was also exposed to many sacred traditions, specifically the Indian traditions.
Douglass has no “respect” because he is thrown into a world of slavery where he must tolerate the disrespect being shoved at him. It isn’t until his fight with slave-breaker Edward Covey that the beginning stage of “respect” starts to make its way to him. The fight is where I can see Douglass start to transform. He writes "You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man" (47). Brewton also brings to my attention that Douglass “devotes greater space in his first autobiography to the portrait of Covey than to any other character, black or white.” I think this is because the fight with Covey is a pivotal turning point for Douglass.
The Revolutionary War and the Holocaust were both seen as wars of liberation. Not many people took into consideration of how tragic the Holocaust was. The author also argues that the most important facts we as people of the U.S. should look into are the south’s motives for the Civil War. Slavery was a necessity; it was a natural minority for blacks. It was a means of social organization and control; it was technically like a foundation of a Southern white male free society; it was the new government.
The Importance of Slave Narratives The year 1965 set to rest the existence of slavery in the United States of America, arguably the last significant era of slavery in history. This end was brought about through the bloodiest war to be fought on US soil since the Revolutionary War and the aftermath that led up to the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Not unlike eras of slavery in the past, abolishing this unjust form of labor took time and effort from black and white men alike. One of the most useful ways of raising awareness to the injustices of slavery laid in the hands and minds of those who wrote slave narratives, telling their tales of woe and struggle. Illiteracy was high among slaves, mostly due to white owner’s fear of education leading slaves to revolt.
In his opening statements, giving our oppressors divine characteristics is said of those blacks that use slavery as the reasoning behind their lack of responsibility; however, I cannot depart from the impression that Shannon feels slavery hasn't had little or any effect on the moral fiber of blacks. If at its best, members of the black race have been left with the side effects of this potent drug. I must concur with Shannon with regards to the declaration of self-esteem being more profound than clothing and image. Blacks must begin to use their past struggles as a source of strength and self-motivation to achieve. By doing so, they would've found a sense of victory and inspiration through failure and struggle.
These strategies allowed Douglass to tell his story in his own words, words which encompass deeper meanings and messages than the dominant white people comprehend. One strategy that Douglass carries out the narrative is through the progression of the narrative voice and how its advancement into activeness is reflective of Douglass’ own growth in control and influence. Douglass in the first half of the narrative is a ‘[…] silent narrator, Douglass re-enacts the silencing of himself as a slave […] [he] narrates as a voiceless observer […] a passive onlooker, who is excluded from the power system.’ This stance of the silent observer is something that is symbolic of all minorities that are excluded from the prevalent power system. He is powerless to the incidents to which he witness’ and is forced to suffer in silence, much like most inferior groups who find themselves outside the dominant societal control system. ‘The rhetorical strategy of voyeur is even more apt given the historical
When they were sent to jail, the slaves could leave except Douglass. At that point of the problem, Henry demonstrated his loyalty to Douglass the most when he was defiant in leaving Douglass all alone. Henry had the trait of humanness when he stuck by Douglass
Since she is a witness of bearing the lack of freedom, she creates a high credibility in her speech knowing that women and male supporters will believe in her claim of demanding equal rights to women. Fredrick Douglass was a rare educated slave that learned how to read and write. He knew the unnecessary evils behind slavery, unlike others who were taught to be inferior to their masters. In 1852, he delivered a scathing attack on
Few people brought attention to the evil and immorality of slavery like Frederick Douglass. In his autobiographical narrative, A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Douglass described the effect that slavery had on not only slaves, but also slave-owners. “That cheerful eye, under the influence of slavery, soon became red with rage” (Douglass 160), wrote Douglass in reference to his slave-owner’s wife, Mrs. Auld. What was a moral lady with a sense of conscience at first, was now a “demon” deprived of it. Slavery gave owners and white men a false sense of superiority, a sense of power, which blinded any vision of justice and equality.