Frederick Douglass: The Story of Slaves by a Slave
After the American Revolution, slavery became a more significant component in the American economy. As a result of many slave owners being materialistic, slaves were overworked and treated callously. One such slave was Frederick Douglass. Through most of his life, Douglass was trapped in a typical slave environment.
In the autobiography, “The Narrative of Frederik Douglas” by Frederik Douglass, Douglass discussed his experience as a slave and how he wished to escape slavery. He wanted to break free physically and mentally from slavery. Although, it’s hard for slaves to receive their freedom due to slave laws and immoral treatment from their slave masters. Douglass decided to escape from his slave masters corrupt plantation and migrated to the north in search of his freedom. He escaped to the north after he self-teaches himself how to read and write and discovers about the abolitionist movement. Although he faced challenges along the way such as finding places to hide and people to trust, he eventually finds freedom in the north. Once, he arrived in the
Slavery was an institution that affected not only the black population but, the white population in the United States as well. Slavery often taught blacks the importance of hard work and education. It was well known by slaves that education would allow them to be freed of the mental slavery that plagued that. Though it did not mean that they had physical freedom, knowledge was a small form of rebellion for some. On the other hand, slavery made white people hungry for power. Slavery turned those that were not typically considered cruel were turned into stonehearted masters. The effects of institution also differed based on the gender of the individual. The way black males experienced slavery was vastly different from the encounters that black
Slavery is as toxic as a parasitic relaionship. In this simile, the slave owner is the parasite, draining the slave of freedom and education. The loss of freedom steals the slaves identity, their lack of education guarantees the owner complete control. However, this arrangement does not always work out in the owner’s favor. In his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass recounts the time he lived as a slave. For seven years he lived in the house of Hugh Auld. When he first arrived, Master Hugh’s wife took it upon herself to begin teaching Douglass how to read, treating him as she supposed “one human being ought to treat another.” In his own words, “she did not seem to perceive that [he] sustained to her the relation of mere chattel, and that for her to treat [him] as a human being was not only wrong, but dangerously so.” (Ch. 7) Master Hugh was quick to ‘correct’ and redirect her behavior. With his guidance, she stopped teaching Douglass and assured that he would be henceforth shut up in “mental darkness.” The termination of her teaching was the beginning of her downward spiral to depravity. Douglass states that slavery is as injurious to his mistress as it is to him, beacause, it destroyed her simplicity,
Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818 in his grandmother's cabin. His mother was Harriet Bailey a slave owned by Aaron Anthony. The last time he saw his mother was when he was one year old. He never knew his father. The only thing he knew about him was that he was a white man. This report will be about the worst things about slavery in the eyes of Frederick Douglass.
On the other hand, Frederick Douglass, a well known abolitionist was determined to work for freeing slaves especially after the Civil War had occurred. Slavery has existed for as long as people were around and it was always legal. As a colored man himself he was an advocate to end discrimination and fought for the rights of freed slaves and for their protection. They were restricted on living the life they desired and wanted to be equal to all other white men. Therefore, in the past, slaves including Frederick Douglass, were not allowed to read and write. An important quote that supported this argument is when Douglass claimed, “This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread
Although slavery affected the United States as a whole, it particularly affected the South, where a majority of the whites were not ready to see slavery abolished. In his narrative, Frederick Douglass helps us understand the impacts of slavery, not only on the African American families, but also on the southern whites, the society as well as the relationships between the whites and African Americans in the southern society. For this paper, I will use Frederick's narrative to discuss how slavery affected the south in general.
Around the year 1818 there was a man named Fredrick Douglass who was born into slavery. He only knew little about himself he was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough. “When the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it” (Douglass, 13). He did not know when his birthday was he compared himself to horses on how they do not either. By him saying this slaves are considered less than horses. In this time slaves were not told when they were born or where their parents are. Slaveholders also known as their master, kept them from having any well-known identity of themselves, which might have kept the slaves dependent on their master.
Douglass was amazed and confused by the strange kindness of his new mistress, Sophia Auld. Mrs. Auld has never owned a slave before. Unlike other white women, she does not appreciate his subservience and does not punish him for looking her in the eye, she had no experienced so she didn’t really understand. With her having no experienced what so ever, she was kind, unlike other slave owners who had experienced, they grew to be cruel, which she eventually does with this power. When Douglass first comes to live with the Aulds, Mrs. Auld begins to teach him the alphabet and some small words. Slaves in the city had more freedom than plantation slaves, which Douglass wasn’t used to. Urban slave owners are careful not to appear cruel to slaves in
Slavery in the United States was common in the 1800’s and it was not seen in most citizens eyes as wrong. Though most slaveholders were cruel and aggressive toward their slaves, there were some exceptions, such as slaveholders that were somewhat lenient with their slaves and treated them as decent humans on some occasions. According to A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Douglass proposes the idea that slavery, as a whole, did not only negatively affect the slaves themselves, but also the masters. If this is true, how, exactly, did slavery affect the masters in a destructive way? Though slaves were mentally, emotionally, and physically beaten and abused, the masters were affected because of the mental health issues they had to promote this type of treatment to human beings and find excuses to make the idea of slavery justifiable.