Does Frederick Douglass Argue That Education Makes It Difficult To Be A Slave?
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How Does Frederick Douglass Argue That Education Makes It Difficult To Be A Slave? Is Your Education Freeing You?
Frederick Douglass was born a slave on colonel Lloyd’s plantation and later became the nineteenth century most famous black leader, author, orator and an African-American social reformer, after escaping from slavery in Maryland (Warnick 3). He wrote a narrative portraying his life in slavery and how education brought him to freedom. Born to a slave woman, Frederick narrates how he was separated from her at a tender age, and only got to see her a few times before she died and was buried in a funeral that he wasn’t allowed to attend, he also never got to know who his real father was (Douglass 3). He further narrates about how he was never able to know the exact date of his birth like most of the white children and how that made him unhappy. Douglass reveals the horrible experiences at colonel Lloyds plantation, where he witnesses women’s heads being slashed horribly by an overseer, his own aunt being stripped naked, tied up to a joist and whipped until she is covered in blood among other inhumane acts on slaves (Douglass 5). Even though Frederick did not experience any kind of whipping and great suffering due to his age, he never really knew that all this was not normal. He was…show more content… When Mr. Auld the husband, found out that his wife was teaching him how to read, he forbade her, citing that “if you teach a nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him”,