Narrative on Frederick Douglass

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Narrative on Frederick Douglass

Slavery was perhaps one of the most appalling tragedies in the history of The United States of America. To tell the people of the terrible facts, runaway slaves wrote their accounts of slavery down on paper and published it for the nation to read. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs were just two of the many slaves who did this. Each of the slaves had different experiences with slavery, but they all had one thing in common: they tell of the abominable institution of slavery and how greatly it affected their lives. When Douglass was seven years old, he was sent to a new master and mistress, Hugh and Sophia Auld. Sophia was a very kind and affectionate woman, probably one of the nicest people Douglass had encountered in his early childhood life. Here?s what Douglass had to say about his new mistress:?Her face was made of heavenly smiles and her voice of tranquil music (Douglas 41).? This caused Douglass to view the whites differently than before. His previous owners were cruel and corrupt who often whipped and beat their slaves in agony. But not Mrs. Auld; Douglass was astonished at her kind heart. She treated Douglass and other black slaves like human beings. She even began to teach him how to read and write. This led Douglass to believe that his own race could be treated like humans instead of savages by the whites and that the white race could have the capabilities of acting like human beings towards the blacks (Douglass 42). But when Sophia?s husband discovered about the private lessons, he ordered her to stop. He told her that teaching Douglass to read would ruin him forever as a slave. Hearing this affected Douglass? values of having an education greatly; he became determined to read at ...

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...y friends.After years of seclusion in the secret room, the time came for Jacobs to escape to the north. On the escape vessel, Jacobs met her old friend Fanny. Jacobs had been isolated from the outside world for seven years and now was the perfect time for her to form a special bond with another person of the same race who experienced similar sufferings. In the vessel, Fanny renewed Jacobs? value of friendship. There, they escaped from slavery and comforted each other and became even greater friends (Jacobs 259-261). These narratives are just two of many stories told by the slaves of America. Douglass and Jacobs were both writing as an unselfish act. They both wrote for the slaves whose voices were silenced and could not write or speak out on their own (Appiah 9). They wished to free their fellow slaves down in the south who were less fortunate and unable to escape.
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