The Power Of The Written Word Essay

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The Power of the Written Word A person who is the property of and wholly subject to another is a slave. The lives of these individuals were not easy in the period of time when slavery existed in the United Sates. They worked day and night through any weather condition and were constantly being beaten and whipped by their masters. They often died of starvation and diseases that were never taken care of. Slaves were deprived of many essentials and one of them was education. To teach a slave how to read and write was considered a sin among slave owners. Even among people who suffered slavery, however, some are born to become great. Frederick Douglas was born a slave but did whatever he could to learn to read and write in today’s society we take for granted. Through literacy and, especially, the Columbian Orator Douglass discovered he could be free. In the 1800’s learning how to read and write for a slave in the United Sates was seen as something dangerous because that would allow the slaves to get rebellious ideas from books and pamphlets. The life of Frederick Douglas was marked by many events that destroyed him physically and emotionally. There was a specific time in Douglass’ life when he took every harmful thing that was said to him in a way that motivated him to continue living. When he was just a child he was owned by Mr. Auld, a cruel slave owner, and his wife. When they received Douglass in their house Mrs. Auld began to teach him the alphabet, not knowing this would make her husband angry. Mr. Auld then told her that under no circumstances should slaves be taught how to read. In his book, the Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass describes this scene: Mr. Auld promptly forbade the continuance of her instructions; telling her, in the first place, that the thing itself was unlawful; that it was also unsafe, and could only lead to mischief. To use
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