The Similarities Between Evans And Frederick Douglass

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After the first slaves were brought in by the British more and more Africans were sought out. They became like a commodity for those that could afford to purchase them. Regardless, of their sex in the eyes of the law they were viewed and treated as property. Unfortunately, all black men, women and children equally shared devastating experiences during their time as a slave. On one side they were all separated form both their families and their homeland. Despite, having similarities there was no one typical experience lived by every slave as it was the reality of Frederick Douglass and Millie Evans, thus revealing how they had two different viewpoints on the institution of slavery.
The traditional narrative that the public has come to know is …show more content…

She was born in a plantation and this is all she knows. Like most children who were born into slavery she was deprived of knowing something as simple as her birthday. Not to mention that most slave children were most likely raised by someone else. Evans was no exception to this rule. As she goes to state,” I stayed with my ma, every night, but my mistress raised me.” (102) The reason behind this was that the parents were always working and thus, giving the elderly women or the young children the responsibility of raising the newborns. Not to mention slave owners usually encourage their slaves to have children as it increased the number of their slaves at little …show more content…

As, “it is the wish of most masters with in my knowledge to keep their slaves ignorant.” (F.D. 1) They did not want them learning the trait of writing or reading out of the fear of them rebellion against their master. Douglass did not have the same fortune of getting to know his mom. He was still but a mere infant when he got separated from his mother. “It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland…” (FD 1) Douglass was taken to another farm to be placed under the care of an elderly women who could no longer work in the fields. Unlike Evan, Douglass was subjected to demanding labor, mental and physical abuse, but most of all they were denied their most basic

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