Fredrick Douglass Holidays: The Effect Of Slavery On Slaves

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Fredrick Douglass felt strongly about the effect of slavery on slaves. However, since he was himself a slave, his views were far from positive. In his autobiography he shows this too us several time, when the slave owners give holidays to the slaves and at the very beginning of his story when he is separated from his mother. The first is less clear than the second so we will begin with that one. At first a holiday may see like just the thing to give the slaves humanity, they are in fact the opposite. These holidays are meant to diffuse rebellious thoughts and to encourage the slaves to be lazy. Douglass states that “A slave who would work during the holidays was considered by our masters as scarcely deserving them […] It was deemed a disgrace
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