Freedom And Liberty By Frederick Douglass

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Freedom has been a battleground fought over for centuries by groups seeking their acceptance into society. Frederick Douglass, an American slave during the 1800s, is one of the first slaves to seek his freedom during this time and goes on to explain how within his novel The Narrative of Frederick Douglass. The idea of freedom, in Douglass’s eyes, changes drastically throughout his story as a slave. He first makes the connection of inequality as a young boy which sets into action a course of events for Douglass to discover what freedom truly is. Throughout Douglass’s slave life, freedom is there to usher him to the right path, ultimately showing that freedom meant to have the ability to think freely, to possess an education, and above all to be human; for a slave to be viewed in the same way whites viewed themselves. Within the Narrative of Frederick Douglass, the ideas of freedom and liberty, in Douglass’s mind, endure as vague concepts for a great deal of time in the beginning of the novel. He first realizes not what freedom is but what it is not, namely being the gross inequities of plantation life as a young slave. For example, Douglass mentions, “I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell his birthday. They seldom come nearer to it than planting-time, harvest-time, cherry-time, spring-time, or fall-time. A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood. The white children could tell their ages. I could not
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