Anti-Slavery Propaganda In The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Life of Frederick Douglass.. was written by himself. Frederick Douglass “was born in Tuckahoe near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county”(p.40). Douglass was like many slaves, he was unsure of his exact date of birth. In fact he says, “ By far the larger part of the slaves know as little as their age as horses know of theirs”(p.40). Keeping their age from them was a technique that most slave owners used to keep the slaves as ignorant as possible. Douglass suffered from being a slave at such a young age. Douglass was separated from his mother, soon after he was born. He mentions that when she died he felt no pain as he didn't feel as she was his mother. “ Never having enjoyed, to any considerable extent, …show more content…

Worst part is that the owners tried convincing the people that slaves weren't as equal as humans. This was their way of justifying their actions, by proving that slaves were lesser than them, they felt as they should be treated as they where not even human. Though it was impossible to move up as a slave, the slave owners didn't make it any easier. “Whilst I was saddened by the thought of losing the aid of my kind mistress, I was gladdened by the invaluable instruction which, by the merest accident, I had gained from my master.”(p.53 ) Here, Douglass expresses his sadness of the fact that slave owners would refuse the education to any slave, claiming that it would just damage the slave even more. This was just one way of eliminating any possibility of a slave to try to compete against a slave

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