At the beginning of our novella, Douglass brings up the roots of our country by highlighting that “The State of Virginia is famous in American annals for the multitudinous array of her statesmen and heroes” (1254). He is alluding to various well-known and “important” heroes such as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Furthermore Douglass brings attention that we, in our history books, have forgotten one such hero who “holds now no higher place in the records of that grand old Commonwealth than is held by a horse or an ox” (1255). These statements are a precursor to the following story of Washington who, in the eyes of Douglass, is a hero in the ranks of Jefferson and the like. It is inferred that our hero, Washington, even though “he is brought to view only by a few transient incidents” is still worthy of rem...
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...acial relationships, and the power of words being spoken through the mouth of an unlikely character, the white man. While some will say that this whole novel is a sham, an attempt to convince the masses that slavery is wrong by any means necessary, it reports the undisputable fact that compassion, understanding, and tolerance subsist on the side of both races. Douglass ultimately is able to reshape history by using the historical experiences of multiple slaves and combining them into the story of one man, Washington. He takes this story, lending the minor details to fiction while maintaining the overall historical accuracy of the events to show opponents of abolition the facts of these events. This shows future generations that it was not one race that forced slavery to an end; it was the combination of both races who made a once seemingly impossible feat a reality.
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