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Frederick Douglass Injustice Essay

Slave owners in the South were some of the most cruel and inhumane human beings out there. They used many tactics to maintain a prosperous system of slavery amongst them. Like many, Frederick Douglass was born a slave. Deprived of as much as possible, Douglass knew not much more than his place of birth. Masters were encouraged to dispossess slaves of any knowledge and several of them did not know their birthdays or other personal details of themselves. The purpose of this was to keep slaves as misinformed of anything other than labor as possible. Slave owners knew the dangers that would upraise if slaves became literate and brave enough to fight for freedom. Punishment was proudly displayed among the slaves to prove the consequences of defiance.…show more content…
They knew their power and used it to their advantage. Another awful injustice Douglass witnessed was the shooting of Demby. Shot for the simple act of disobeying, he was given a few verbal warnings before being bluntly shot in the face in front of many colored men to show the results of disregard to orders. (Douglass, 14) This would teach anyone to think twice before not listening, especially because these crimes would go unpunished. It did not matter how many witnesses were present if they were of color, their word was of no worth. Of course this taught men of color to respect their overseers as well as their…show more content…
He had long fought to learn to read and was so excited and eager to do so, he never expected the circumstances of this to be as dehumanizing as they were. He regretted learning to read because it brought him nothing but desperation, he learned his awful truth and that of his fellow slaves. "It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy." (Douglass, 24) The truth was that the more he learned the more he became aggravated, he knew there was not much he could do. It brought his moral down along with many other feelings, even a slave like Frederick had learned the awful feeling of
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