Learning To Read And Write Frederick Douglass Analysis

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Discussing the difficulties that Frederick Douglass and other slaves have encountered during the first half of the 19th century. The struggles are being told in “Learning to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass. The main obstacle was learning to read and write and being stripped from that experience so African-Americans don’t become educated. Fearing the ideas of their owned slaves surpassing them in intelligence and overthrowing them. But comparing that to of “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X of the mid-20th century where slavery ended but racism is still America’s greatest threat. Comparing and contrasting will show how these two African-Americans spoke their perspective of their struggles for themselves and others as well.

Living in slavery
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In the 18th century there were no schools in the southern states of America that admitted black children to its free public schools. Fearing that black literacy would prove a threat to the slave system whites in the Deep South passed laws forbidding slaves to learn to read or write and making it a crime for others to teach them. Believing their human rights was considered useless as they was only seen as workers. Few brave souls has tried to educate them in the dark, some succeeded, some failed. But going through time, education started becoming a weapon that feared the white man. Following into the 19th century, nothing has changed for education. African-Americans being harassed and beaten for trying to better themselves, don’t matter where you go or hide, racism was still creeping up on you. Imagine having the door shut on you for the simple fact you’re not the skin of chalk. Believing you’re useless cause “you don’t belong here.” But in a good perspective, you can truly admire Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X. For the ideology that you should be accepted into a world where you’re as human as everyone else. Frederick was against slavery while Malcolm was against racism. Society has changed over the years but racism is still alive and well, guess you can say nothing that critical
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