In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, Frederick Douglass establishes for us the many factors that lead to the continual enslavement of the black race by connecting his own plight to that of other slaves as a plea for the abolition of slavery. The evil of slavery infected every master to pervert the truth to his own satisfaction and Douglass explains how slavery corrupts the humanity of both slave and master. The legal system was also not an option for slaves to turn to for help because they had no legal rights. The fear of losing friends and never being able to trust anyone again was enough to keep many back in bondage. And the lack of education left their minds dulled to any thoughts beyond what they already knew which was just their own miserable condition.
Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and was a leader of the American Enlightenment, however still owned slaves and did not free his slaves. and actually explains from his draft of the Declaration of Independence why at 18th century whites had to own the slaves. He actually blames the King Georg 3 by saying that “he (King Georg 3) has waged cruel war against human nature itself”. He also mentions that King “determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold”. So in my opinion Jefferson had to own the slaves because of presentism and the way how the political system worked back then.
Through his Narrative and his speeches, Douglass reasoned that if everyone within the institution of slavery was tarnished by it, then it must be unnatural, and therefore a threat to society as a whole that must be removed. Slavery not only ruined the lives of those who were oppressed by it, but also the lives of the oppressors, because slavery was capable of ruining the family life of slave owners. Douglass obs... ... middle of paper ... ...slavery can no longer be hidden from the rest of the world, because political ideas possess no boundaries. Douglass concludes with a poem entitled "The Triumph of Freedom," to stress that freedom is unavoidable. By showing the detrimental effects of slaveholding on Thomas and Sophia Auld, Mr.
People believed that the black man was unintellectual and was incapable of thought just because the lack of communication there was between a slave and a slave-owner. George Fitzhugh advocates slavery in his “Universal Law of Slavery” trying to sway the govern that African Americans were more freed were slaves for the white man, rather than being back in Africa where some of their practiced rituals seemed more cruel than what any man could do to a slave like “idolatry and cannibalism” (Fitzhugh). Even though the activists against slavery knew that was
Without any evidence, and actual proof o... ... middle of paper ... ...ern states offered freedom if a slave was able to reach borders undetected. Also the ability to have an owner with compassion afforded the slave to have a better life. Not all slave owners treated their slave as subhuman. Their role in the master’s home was more of a servant than a slave. Through slave revolts, the whites were forced to see that slaves were never going to be satisfied with life as it was.
In doing so, Douglass counters the argument of blacks receiving a healthy faith from being enslaved. He a... ... middle of paper ... ...act, whether that be out of sympathy, nationalism, or selfishness. Amongst so many abolitionists and adamant southern voices fighting to be heard in disunited America, Frederick Douglass was such an influential person in the antislavery movement because of his rhetoric. He uses captivating modes of persuasion, strategically addressing specific audiences with different arguments. Douglass makes the dehumanizing effects of slavery on slaves obvious, appealing to feelings of sympathy in the North; however, he also appeals to the agitators of slavery — slaveowners in the South — by stressing how the corrupt and irresponsible power they enjoy are detrimental to their own moral health.
But Douglass and Thoreau are the men who fought slavery with all of their being. Douglass and Thoreau share the same principle that a man should not be the property to another man, that it is an injustice. Douglass suffered firsthand the brutality of what slavery can undertake while Thoreau saw the inhumane treatment of his fellow men. Douglass was a self-taught worker who tried his best to overcome his birth life. Thoreau was a Harvard graduate who tried his best to overcome to law that prevented an ignorant people from achieving their potential.
Physical brutality wasn’t the only method white slave owners used to abuse slaves. Douglass shows how white slave owners sustain slavery by keeping the African Americans ignorant. Slaves were not allowed to know how to read or write because the slave owners did not want them to read about the rebellions that were taking place around the world. Becoming literate would have opened the slaves up to the world and understand self-preservation, justice and historical events. They did not want the slaves seeking hope and forming an escape plan to gain their freedom.
Slaveholders were expected to treat slaves as something less than human, which drove slave owners to enforce cruel and barbaric reprimands toward slaves. Frederick Douglass argues that slavery manipulates a person’s identity, mainly because of social expectations. There were rules and laws to abide to in regard of slaves; among the primary issues, slaves had no purpose in having the ability to read or write, while Douglass was being taught by an oblivious Mrs. Auld. Douglass’ mistress, had never owned a slave before Douglass, because of this, Mrs. Auld was not aware of how she was expected to treat a slave. Frederick Douglass relates how kindly and goodhearted Mrs. Auld was before her husband taught her the “correct” manner of treating a slave.
Masters disregard the idea of family among slaves. Although they encourage slave marriage, they do so out of selfish reasons. Slaves who have families are likely to have kids, who will become property of the master after birth, and at the same time they are least likely to run away. In addition, the actual law does not provide any protection or recognition of slave marriage or family, which discourages the formation of family among slaves . Just like the law, masters do not take families into consideration and are reluctant to break slave families by sale.