Dr. John Hope Franklin’s inspiration to reshape America’s Racial Identity Dr. Franklin wrote the short story The Train from Hate. He expresses the memories that day. “I shall always be happy that my mother taught me that the journey to understanding and tolerance was more important that the journey to Checotah.” (Franklin 712). “I remembered that I should not waste my time or energy lamenting the inability of some members of society to take me as I was.”
Douglass empathizes with other slaves, and their morbid conditions and lack of affection has made the community family, because of this Douglass is determined to devote his life to promote the abolitionist movement. When expressing gratitude towards being translated to the plantations in Baltimore, Douglas projects he is very true to himself when he recites, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at incurring the ridicule of others than to be false and incur my own abhorrence.” Pg.45 This justifies Douglas’ determination and desire to remove slavery which consumed him. It became an obsession, something he was going to put everything in his power to achieve.
He was treated much better by the Aulds, and was even taught the A, B, C 's and how to spell small words by Mrs. Auld, until she was told by her husband that it was unlawful. Douglass really started becoming educated while he was working in Baltimore. He met with young boys in the streets who he "converted into teachers" (Douglass, 23). These boys taught Douglass what they knew in exchange for bread.
In the part of the story where Jean’s extended family are visited and introduced, it is seen that Jean’s innocence protects her, and that other people guard her mind as well. For in this part of the book, Jeans picks a fight with Francis, since he called her father, Atticus, a nigger-lover.
Frederick lived in conditions that other humans didn't, he was given hope by the book he had read about the slave being set free. Malcolm X had a great amount of ambition to write to the level of Elijah Muhammad that would later give him insight to becoming a leader. Sandra didn't let the disapproval of her father stop her from doing the one thing that seemed right . With the battles they fought, they weren't aware of what the future holds, it wasn't till they began to read and write that they found who they were and realized they were more than the titles and more than the feelings society
Four-Eyes was a son of writer and he secretly had banned western books with him. As a return to Luo and the narrator’s help, Four-Eye gave one book, “Balzac”. Immediately, Luo and the narrator read the story to the Little Seamstress. The book “Balzac” drew Little Seamstress’s attention and pulled her into the story. As the book “Balzac” was about a love story the teenagers soon was influenced by it.
She distinctly remembers hearing her father and mother say that their group of slaves were considered to be lucky since their new master was played to be a known as a very kind master to his slaves. And this was just the beginning for her, since upcoming changes had not been best for her benefit.
Similar to Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner also understood his slave status through education. In the book “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by Thomas R. Gray, Nat Turner indicated “And my father and mother strengthened me in this my first impression, saying in my presence, I was intended for some great purpose, which they had always thought from certain marks on my head and breast.” When he was a child, he did not realize that the purpose of his life; also, he could not understand what his family member expected on him. However, when he was grew up and began learning to read and write, he knew that he has a responsibility to help himself, his family, and other fellow slaves to escape from slavery and gaining freedom. Moreover, similar to Frederick
Both poems are reflective, as the speakers reminisce on a point in their past, but each poem conveys another different tone as well. In “The Lanyard,” this reflection is somewhat remorseful and regretful. The speaker wishes to tell his mom that even though he thought the lanyard he made at camp would make them even, “you can never repay your mother” (“Lanyard” 37). The speaker lists many of the things his mother has done for him, and compares them with the lanyard he made for her, implying that he feels he took her for granted. However, in “The Gift,” this reflection is very nostalgic and appreciative.
Fredrick didn’t know how to read and write first but, he did not give up. In “Learning to Read and Write,” Frederick Douglass strongly states that knowledge is a great form of power. From being a former slave for life, Douglass expresses the importance of knowledge by describing, how he was able to learn to read and write. He put a lot of effort and time on learning to write, but at the same time he shows us that he still have the thoughts that one day he would become a free man. I agree with this author because of, first he didn’t know how to read and write but he had put his effort.
The Auld family was described in the next chapter. At first she was very kind to Douglass which threw him for a loop because normally he would’ve been punished for something as simple as looking her in the eye. However, not long after she too became cruel and completely changed as a person according to Douglass. Before turning cruel Mrs. Auld would teach Douglass some words as well as the alphabet. Nevertheless, this too was brought to a halt when Hugh Auld finds out.
In “The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass” Frederick Douglass talks about his life as a slave ,and the challenges that he went through ,but he also tells how slaveholders were affected during slavery. Frederick Douglass talks about how slaveholders have great powers over their slaves. Being the slaveholder can enforce that you are above the slave ,and that you are allowed to do what you please to you “property” ,and that could corrupt your humanity. One example of this is Sophie Auld. Sophie Auld was a kind and generous slaveholder ”I was utterly astonished at her goodness”(Douglass 45); she even helped teach Frederick Douglass to write, but after she had been the master of Douglass for a while she started to become inhumane, cruel, and malice.
Our first reading of EN101, Fredrick Douglass’ “Learning to Read,” helped our class to better understand the privilege of being a writer. Douglass lives in Hugh Auld’s household for roughly seven years. During this time, he is able to learn how to read and write, though Mrs. Auld is hardened and no longer tutors him. Slavery hurts Mrs. Auld as much as it hurts Douglass himself. The mentality of slavery strips her of her inherent sympathy for others, making her hardened and cruel.
In most history classes, it is taught to view just the lives of the slaves as victims, and not considering any other point of view. Douglass wrote, My Bondage and My Freedom, to get the point across that slaves were not the only victims. Slaves, slave owners and white working people were all victims of the system. Fedrick Douglass wrote about the things he saw growing up as a slave. He saw each point of view loud and clear.