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Frederick Douglass Logos Analysis

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Frederick Douglass was born around 1818 and died on February 20, 1895. He was born into slavery from his mother, also a slave, and his father, unknown but presumably his master. Slavery itself had started in 1619, it had been around long before Frederick Douglass. It became illegal in 1863, and ended in 1865. Douglass escaped slavery in 1838.
What I have found in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is that logos is not the leading rhetoric that Douglass uses, but it still plays a large role. Without the use of logos, the book would not be as well-written or understandable. Examples include the reasoning for the slaves being kept unintelligent, the moments of pain and fighting back, and the logical way Douglass speaks of slavery.
The masters of Frederick Douglass and most other slaveholders kept the slaves illiterate for a reason. At that time in history, it was illegal to teach slaves how to read and write, or how to do math. “Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, she very kindly commenced to teach me the A, B, C. After I had learned this, she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters. Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read.” (33-34). Mrs. Auld had not owned a slave before and knew nothing of the laws preventing the education of slaves.
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