In The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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When one considers the Declaration of Independence quality and rights are two principles that are believed to be granted to all. Equality can be defined as being treated the same as everyone else. While rights are things that were granted to you. However, Frederick Douglass would not agree that this aligns with slavery. In his narrative, he tells the story of his personal experiences of what it is like to be enslaved. He tells us about his struggles and how he reached freedom. According to Douglass, the slaves were treated poorly while the whites had it all. This proves that they were not equal. The slaves also had no choice but to do whatever here masters wished. This shows they had no rights. In his narrative, Frederick Douglass shows that slavery does not align with …show more content…

Douglass shares that slaves are not equal. In chapter 2, Douglass describes what his life as a slave was like. Douglass states "Their yearly clothing consisted of two coarse linen shirts, one pair of linen trousers, like the shirts, one jacket, one pair of trousers for the winter" (page 38). This shows that slaves don't get what they need/deserve because the limited amount of clothes is not enough for the whole year. This shows that they are not equal to the privileged whites. In addition, in chapter 8 the narrative continues with the sales of Capt Anthony's property including his slaves and animals. This shows that slaves ranked the same as animals and property. Douglass shares "men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep, and swine" (pages 61-62). This confirms that slaves were not equal to whites because they were being sold and ranked among animals. Also in chapter 5 Douglass moves to Baltimore and describes what he endured there. Douglass claims "I suffered from hunger but more from the cold" (page 45). This means that slaves were left hungry and cold, this is not equal because whites did not face this

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