Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave

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Throughout America’s history, we have committed some questionable and highly shunned acts: The Indian Removal Act, The Salem Witch Trials, racism, suffrage, and of course, slavery. Many people have opposing views concerning slavery. Some would even venture as far as saying that America never owned ANY slaves. However, historical evidence proves them wrong. Frederick Douglas was a slave during the 1800’s who ultimately escaped and became an Abolitionist and activist for equality for all people, no matter their race or gender. In his autobiography, Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, Douglas describes his life as a slave and the horrific acts he endured. America, a Concise History, by James Henretta, devotes a whole chapter to slavery and society. A few ideas from the two overlap, but there are many differentiating ideas about slavery in the south. One of the few views they shared was that the more slaves a person owned, the more esteemed they were in society. Douglas discusses how slave owners and overseers would impregnate their female slaves just so the child would also be born into slavery, hence, more slaves to work the plantation. “… That slaveholders have ordained, and by the law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers; and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their own wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable…” The
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