American Slavery And Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Slavery has being a part of human history for centuries. Powerful civilizations captured their neighbor people and enslaved them. These people are primarily used for labor in constructions and farms. Other times slavery is mean to pay off debt that you owe someone. In these cases, slavery wasn 't intended to be for life or a system of hereditary; moreover, slavery only happens with people of the same skin color. However, slavery had evolved over time. When Columbus set foot in the American continent, he enslaved the Native Americans as a mean to advance his personal interests. The practice of enslaving other people that had different skin color had contributed to the U.S 's slavery. The American system of slavery was different from that of …show more content…

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by Frederick Douglass and edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. described how slaves in the U.S were treated before the American Civil War. The cruelties that these slaves faced every day were beyond what all of us would expected. They were abused with force and starvation by their masters and overseers, additionally they were also being suppressed by their owners, intellectually and economically. Many of us think of slavery as an act of confinement and denying a person of his/her freedom. However, American slavery is way worst than that. Slavery in U.S is a way to suppress generations of African Americans by treating them with violence. As Douglass described what he saw " I had seen [master] tie up a lame young woman, and whip her with a heavy cowskin upon her naked back..Master would keep this lacerated young women tied up in this horrid Comment [G5]: Deleted:y Comment [G1]: Inserted: were Comment [G2]: Inserted: ies Comment [G4]: Deleted:a Comment [G3]: Inserted: …show more content…

To be deprived of freedom and living under constant whippings and starvation is something none of us would want to experience and it should never exist, unfortunately, it did at one time. Men who called themselves the defender of freedom and support The Constitution but enjoy slavery are nothing more than a mere hypocrite. Additionally, many slaves were illiterate and poor. Their owners will do anything in preventing their slaves to read and write. As Douglas heard his master once said:If you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it would make him discontented and unhappy. (Gates 338)In other words, slave owners afraid that once slaves know how to read, they would fight and pursuit for their freedom. A literate slave will question slave owners of his/her imprisonment and the un-justification of slavery. This would make slave owners question themselves and would be very hard for them to sleep at night. For they know, what their slaves said were right. In addition, slave owners prevented their slaves from seeking freedom by letting their slaves see the bad side of it. Douglass said that slave owners like to see their slaves getting drunk, in this way "When the slave asks for virtuous freedom, the cunning slaveholder, knowing his ignorance, cheats him with a dose of dissipation, artfully labelled with the name of

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  • Argues that slavery in the united states is worse than any type of slavery we ever were known.
  • Explains that slavery is nothing short of the harshest punishment. many slave owners used their bible as a justification for the whippings of slaves.
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