How Slavery Corrupts

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In 2016 slavery is but a distant memory, an embarrassing moment in history. In the 1800s Slavery was alive; it was a perfect for the white southerners, not for the African Americans. In Frederick Douglass’s Book, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” Frederick shows us how slavery was cruel and harsh, how it corrupted slaveowners, and how bad the slaves lives were. Frederick shows us what the slaveowners would do to the slaves, and how the slaves would live in fear. In Frederick Douglass’s book he discussed a particular slave owner, Mr.Plummer. Mr.Plummer, a slave owner, allowed the power of slavery to rot his soul. Mr.Plummer was a cruel man, he would take pleasure in whipping slaves. “He would at times seem to take great pleasure…show more content…
In Excerpt 3, it talks about how Frederick’s new mistress started out nice and kind until Slavery turns her into a new cruel person. The mistress teaches Frederick how to read and write the ABC. She, however, was forced to stop teaching Frederick and so Frederick started to trade bread for lessons by kids. In Excerpt 3, Paragraph 2, Frederick tells us; “My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,—a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings. She had never had a slave under her control previously to myself, and prior to her marriage she had been dependent upon her own industry for a living. She was by trade a weaver; and by constant application to her business, she had been in a good degree preserved from the blighting and dehumanizing effects of slavery. I was utterly astonished at her goodness.” After the lessons stopped, Her influence turned on her and she started to be cruel because of how slavery got to her. Frederick shows that slavery will affect kind people and make them cruel. He also shows us how She had power over Frederick and how it turned her…show more content…
Frederick starts off by telling the plan to his slaves and then writes a safe for them. They talk about the difficulties of how they might get caught. Someone in the group ratted them out and they were forced to stay in jail. In Excerpt 5, Paragraph’s 5,6,7 ““We are betrayed!” “Well,” said he, “that thought has this moment struck me.” We said no more. I was never more certain of any thing.“I won’t!” said Henry, in a firm tone, indicating his readiness to meet the consequences of his refusal. “Won 't you?” said Tom Graham, the constable. “No, I won’t!” said Henry, in a still stronger tone. With this, two of the constables pulled out their shining pistols, and swore, by their Creator, that they would make him cross his hands or kill him. Each cocked his pistol, and, with fingers on the trigger, walked up to Henry, saying, at the same time, if he did not cross his hands, they would blow his damned heart out. “Shoot me, shoot me!” said Henry; “you can 't kill me but once. Shoot, shoot—and be damned! I won 't be tied!”” Frederick is showing us that someone ratted their plan out and how they got caught by the slave catchers. Frederick shows us how slavery corrupts slaveholders, How the Slave owners would try to make them confess that they were planning to
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