Summary Of Frederick Douglass As A Representative Of Self Made Men

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Chapter 3 Douglass as a Representative of Self-made Men 3.1. Becoming literal In the nineteenth century America, slave owners did not allow slaves neither to learn reading or writing. Thus, Douglass, being a slave, was not allowed to learn reading or writing as well. His literacy came once by incident, then as a result of his persistence and continuous work to learn it. After the death of his owner Aaron Anthony, Frederick was sent to live with his grandmother. Then, Thomas Auld, Douglass’ previous owner son-in-law, became his master. Afterwards, Thomas sends him to his brother in Baltimore. Douglass refers to this as of a “divine providence”, for that here Douglass found a slavery that was not as the one in the plantation, where a slave would work for long hours and would be all the time under oppression. Here it was a milder condition. Also, the Aulds treated him well, especially the lady. Despite this, in this place he has the first contact with learning the language, which would be the “mother” of all the positive things that would happen later to him. Sophia, the wife of his master Hugh, teaches to Douglass to read the alphabet. James Colaiaco says that it is by Frederick’s request to Sophia that she taught him the alphabet. Douglass had heard Sophia reading the Bible became curious and wanted to learn to read. Thus, he asks to Sophia to teach him as well. “Literacy would open the way for Douglass to attain his personhood” says Colaiaco (Colaiaco, 2008, p. 10). It was

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