Slavery From The Slave 's Point Of View

2077 Words Nov 12th, 2015 9 Pages
Since very few slaves knew how to read much less write, there are only a few telling’s of slavery from the slave’s point of view. Frederick Douglass added to this by writing about his life in his memoir. This was able to happen because Mrs. Auld did not think it was a crime to teach a young slave boy to read and when Mr. Auld tried to put a stop to it, Douglass just gained a bigger thirst for knowledge- wanting to learn how to write. With the help of some local young white children, Douglass learned how to write and was able to write down his life in slavery. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass wrote about the violence he endured and saw happen, how he was able to get an education and what it did for him, the affects slavery had on children and families, and the role white women played within slavery.
Witnessing his first act of violence thrust upon another slave as a young boy meant that violence played a large role in Douglass’s life. Douglass watched his own aunt be tied up to a joist and whipped until she was covered in her own blood and even then the whipping did not stop. Seeing something like this does not only harm a child’s mind right then but it makes the child start to lose trust in the people around them, in Douglass’s case it made him start to rethink putting trust into his white masters. Slaves were punished for many things and Douglass wrote about a time his aunt was punished for not only being absent when their master wanted her but…
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