Effects of Lack of Education

627 WordsFeb 1, 20183 Pages
Effects of Lack of Education Intro: Thesis: Lack of education keeps a people oppressed In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Frederick Douglass portrays to the readers how lack of education can keep a people oppressed. Frederick Douglass believed that all men are created equal, and he also knew that people must make themselves what they want to be. Because of this fact, Frederick Douglass discovered that education and self-improvement were extremely important aspects in a slave’s journey to freedom. According to Frederick Douglass, the worst thing about slavery was that it prevents a people form improving themselves through education. Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free”. Frederick Douglass strongly believed that lack education was the primary component that kept slaves in bondage. Frederick Douglass strived towards expanding his knowledge though reading and writing. The white slave owners were aware of the power of education; therefore they kept their slaves ignorant. In Douglass’ narrative, he talks about how his mistress in Baltimore began teaching him to read. His slave master becomes outraged upon finding out that Douglass is being educated. He says, "If you ever teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave," (Douglass, 31). Douglass’s master was aware of the fact that education is vital; education is freedom. He refers to this as, "the
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