Through his journey, he has experienced the positive and the negative of being an indentured servant. Douglass has interacted with individuals who were much like as well as the people who put him down-slave-owners. The slave owner's lack of restraint and logical reasoning causes them to decline not only in the interactions with non-slave owners and interactions between other slave owners but also in economics and politics. Fredrick Douglas argues and justifies the dehumanization of slaves and explains why
However, they hardly know how each slave felt going through the phase of slavery. Both parts should read the memoir because it presents a story that unravels the bitter truth and the sweet sensation of life in the eyes of this young man. Pro-slavery Americans should be ashamed, and Abolitionists should expand their knowledge based on the history of
Douglass gives his account of what slavery was actually like for slaves, all of which is backed up with a testimony of authenticity. Through Douglass we can observe the harsh realities subjugations bring upon the enslaved and the slaveholders, serving only to degrade the integrity of both. We must work collectively as a society to rid ourselves of weak arguments and work towards an inclusive society that is beneficial to
Although the Bible was the same and both prayed to a God, the interpretation they gave of the teachings and the readings of the Bible were different. The curse of Canaan and his descendants was related to the issue of servility and slavery, the whites used this relationship as a justification that God was in accordance with slavery. As Callahan mentioned in The Poison Book, “Jefferson Davis defended chattel slavery and the foreign slave trade as the “importation of the race of Ham,” fulfillment of Africans’ destiny to be “servants of servants.” They used this text to defend slavery and that blacks had been destined to be slaves. The most important teaching of whites to Christianize blacks was the importance of obedience.
His “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave”, (Document G) makes emotional reading (lurid descriptions like "bitterest dregs of slavery" or "broken in body, mind, and soul" elicited reactions of disgust and dejection, which is the what abolitionists were hoping for) and showed that ultimately a slave, long thought to be a possession and less than human, was very much a person with reason and intellect. It provides unsurmountable proof that like any man, a slave deserved a life of dignity and liberty. His work shed light on the constant hard-working and abusive lifestyle that slaves
Slavery had an extreme influence on the thinking of humane actions. Now, the majority of people believe that slavery is wrong and inhumane. Booker T. Washington is the author of one of the most descriptive works describing slavery written. He wrote the autobiography which he called Up from Slavery.
At the time Douglass still could have been recaptured and forced back into slavery, and the contrast between his freedom and fear shows itself through his use of contrast as he describes is loneliness in the midst of thousands. Specific words demonstrate the reason for his loneliness, the word “unfold” showing his hidden nature as an escaped slave he had to hide as if it were words folded into a paper. The word “panting” also help paint his experience as of fear within freedom as it illustrates the concept of running away associated with a panting fugitive despite Douglass's arrival in a place of freedom. Douglass also once again uses metaphors to explain his experience, now, instead of escaping the lions he is aware of “ferocious beasts… [who] lie in wait for their prey.”
Proponents of slavery pointed to a quote in the Bible that stated that Abraham had slaves. Often pointing to the verse " You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male or female servant." Also, in the New Testament, a part of it reads that Paul sends away a runaway slave to his master and though slavery was profound in the Roman era, Jesus did not say anything to condemn the practice. Proponents argued that slavery was divine and that because of slavery, Christianity was brought to the heathen across the ocean.
The writer creates a harsh tone in order to emphasize the importance of antislavery. While at the same time, he adopts a scathing tone in order to evoke a sympathetic feel from the free white men in the audience. To begin, Douglass uses ethos to state his opinion about slavery, which is accurate because he was once a slave and knows what it feels like to be treated unfairly. He uses a bundle of ethos, “Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs” (2) shows how he uses ethos in a sarcastic manner. He also establishes diction
Frederick Douglass was a slave for many years. He suffered through abuse and cruelty from his slave owners. He was not considered a person, he was considered a piece of property. Douglass recounts his emotions on escaping slavery and arriving in New York in 1838. Frederick Douglass recalls his time in slavery and employs the use of similes and antithesis to convey his state of mind when recounting his escape from slavery.
The color of their skin? Before reading the book Kindred, the Slave Diary, and watching the movie Roots I would have told you it must have been pretty tough being a slave but now with the knowledge I have and the brutality I witnessed I would tell you that I have no idea how miserable it must have been but that my heart breaks for all of those who suffered and still are suffering from slavery. I cannot tell anyone that I know exactly what it feels like to be treated in such a disgraceful manner but through Kunta Kinte, Anita Ross, Harriet Jacobs and Dana I get a glimpse of the ongoing pain and suffering they endured as well as all the others slaves. Determination and a willingness to fight against all odds are what lead Kunta Kinte, Anita Ross, Harriet Jacobs and Dana to
Douglass also drives vast attention to the false accusation that suggests the loyalty between a slave masters is stronger than the loyalty between slaves. Within the first chapter, Douglass evidently mentions the clear hypocrisy of religion, specifically with “Christian” slave owners who used their religious teachings and the Bible to justify their gruesome treatment to their slaves. Christian slave owners and their religious practice throughout is a reoccurring theme within the text of Douglass’ autobiography. In the midst of the next several chapters, Douglass begins to describe the conditions of his plantation such as brutal beatings, murder, and many others. Within the remaining text, Douglass explains his journey of escaping freedom which fueled the creation of the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”.
“I didn 't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn 't do the things I wanted”, said Frederick Douglass. " Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He became a national leader of the abolitionist movement (Abolitionism is a movement to end slavery) from Massachusetts to New York. " As a leader of the abolitionist movement, Douglass played an important role to end slavery and started to establish African-American rights through his actions and efforts as a lecturer, author, and
Douglass’s influence for the Underground Railroad also reflected in his book and newspaper. For example, he pointed out his position against the revealing of Underground Railroad clearly in his Narrative book, which published in 1845. He said, “ I, however, can see very little good resulting from such a course [revealing the secret of the Underground Railroad system], either to themselves or the slaves escaping; while, upon the other hand, I see and feel assured that those open declarations are a positive evil to the slaves remaining, who are seeking to escape”. (7, 87). Keeping the conductors in dark protected both the agents and the slaves, and Douglass was very serious about it.
Often times, the individuals who would be helping the slaves would often hear about the horrors of slavery, but they could not feel or visualize the suffering of slaves. The Underground Railroad was that tool that spread a change of perceptions because even the most stubborn of individuals, when they witnessed the conditions of the slaves, and they heard the stories the slaves told when slaves became free, that challenged the dominant ideologies of slavery being good. When thousands of slaves permeated the borders of the northern states, naturally even those who wanted to reject African Americans had to confront and live with the fact that African Americans are not slaves. This generated support for abolition because African Americans were quite competent when they did not have to the basic servile duties for their slave masters. Talented black men like Benjamin Banneker and Phillis Wheatley, a mathematician and a famous poet, proved that free black men could contribute to society (Divine et al 138).