Slavery In Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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In the book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” the author, Frederick Douglass, expresses the idea that slaves were to kept ignorant by their masters in order to keep them fit for a slave. In the 1800s, slaves were humans mostly African Americans, that were forced to do hard labor with no benefits. Slaves had little to eat or none at all as well as no clothes. They were treated as animals with no respect. Their masters would say to not give them any information of their childhood whatsoever. For this reason many slaves didn’t know when or where they were born or who were their parents at birth because they would get separated. I believe slaves were kept ignorant of such information because their masters would not want to them to know anything because if they did, then they would ask for more and start to think critically about freedom. If slaves were to know about where they were born, they would then ask an abundance of questions related to that. As stated in the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, he was never told even the slightest thing of knowing his birthplace. It was very difficult for him to know the time, day, week, or even the month. The only way he could find out the time was by the seasons. If it was snowing or really cold then he would find out that it was January. This was very common in all slaves because people treated them as objects and not humans. They were given little to no food for one month and they didn’t have clothes at all. Most of their
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