Summary Of Frederick Douglass Learning To Read And Write

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In Frederick Douglass’s essay “Learning to Read and Write” he explains many of the deterrents he faced as a slave, including the challenges of reading and writing in this era. Owners prohibited their slaves to have an education. Why would they not want their slaves to have an education? Being educated meant you had the power of knowledge. Slaves lacked the basic concept of understanding and power, therefore they couldn’t challenge the practice of slavery in a political manner. Also it was impossible for them to influence enough government people to question the practice of slavery. The fear of rebellion was also part of the reason for not allowing slaves to be taught. It was known that only the superiors should be capable of reading and those
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