Dreams in Song of Solomon, Narrative Frederick Douglass, Life of a Slave Girl, and Push

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Dreams in Song of Solomon, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Push In 1776 it was stated that our country was based upon one simple truth, "That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Though stated with a poetic justice, this statement did not hold true for all U.S. citizens. Many citizens were held in captivity, versus freedom, unable to pursue those "inalienable rights." After two hundred years of inequality, Martin Luther King, Jr., would provide one of the most vocal positions regarding the lack of equal rights owed to African Americans. In his 1969 Lincoln…show more content…
After I had learned this, she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters" (Gates 274). Ultimately, his master discovered his wife's acts and immediately ended the teaching. Even though his instruction was cut early, Douglass soon realized that in being able to read and write, not only could his mind be free of captivity, but he may find physical freedom. It took Douglass seven years to learn to read and write. Though this power allowed Douglass to free his mind, he once stated, "I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without a remedy [...] I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free" (279). Even in achieving his dream of literacy, it led to a greater dream, freedom. Douglass' achievements were not without setbacks and/or difficulties. In working towards literacy, his master withheld knowledge of reading and writing forcing him to learn these in unconventional ways. He tricked the neighborhood boys into showing him how to write and spell words in the dirt. He also secretly read newspapers and other texts. These setbacks only impressed upon him his necessity to become literate. If his master worked so hard to keep him from learning, then there must have been a great benefit for Douglass that his master was not vocalizing. He felt an absolute need to
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