The Role Of Education In Frederick Douglass

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Getting a good education can easily be the foundation for a successful future and windows of opportunity opening for you as a citizen. However in the case of blacks during slave times of America, it was not that structured. Receiving an education as a black slave, no matter the situation, was deemed unlawful as well as highly frowned upon by whites. Those getting an education had to do so under cautious limitations, and if caught, would face severe punishment by their master. Despite the image painted that getting an education was completely impossible, Frederick Douglass managed to put himself above others intellectually, benefiting not only himself with his accomplishments. Assisted ironically, by his master’s wife, Douglass was able to get a basic education for a …show more content…

Summatively, Douglass was able to pioneer the idea that education opened doors for enslaved people in the United States, backed with the idea that knowledge is power and power is freedom. Frederick Douglass was an enslaved African much like many thousands around him. Moving from plantation to plantation, experiencing the wraths of various masters, it seemed Douglass was a typical slave, undistinguished from the crowd. However, upon Douglass’s arrival to Mr. and Mrs. Auld’s plantation in Baltimore, he [Douglass] was greeted with a surprising experience. Douglass’s new mistress, Mrs. Auld was a kinder woman compared and sought to spread knowledge rather than pain. Stated in his experiences coming to the Auld’s home, “she very kindly

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