Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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(Intro)The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave is an account of Frederick Douglass’ life of hardship as a slave who suffered due to a cruel institution which during his life was legal, but eventually found his freedom by fleeing to a free state. Frederick Douglass shows the reader what life was like during the antebellum period of the United States and how harshly some treated the enslaved, which not only bonded their bodies but also their minds. Within his narrative we see the detrimental consequences of African slavery towards individuals and the African family as a whole. He also exposes how the institution of slavery corrupts not only the enslaved but also those who willingly choose to participate in this foul practice, turning once kind hearted individuals into cold, cruel, hollow shells of whom they use to be. Douglass not only used his narrative to tell the story of his life, but also as a tool of propaganda to inform others of the horrors of slavery, and to dismiss the claims of others as to the need of slavery in the United States of America. (Thesis)Frederick Douglass’ narrative shows the reader what life was like for a slave in the antebellum period of America and how the harsh treatment of the enslaved not only effected their bodies but also the minds of the captives. Within Douglass’ narrative we also see how slavery effected the African American family, how slavery corrupts not only the enslaved but also the slaveholders involved
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