The Life Of Frederick Douglass An American Slave

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, is an incredible story of one man’s struggle to become free from the bonds of slavery. While experiencing his hardships and celebrate his triumphs along the way, the story saddens you with the cruelty of humans but leaves you joyous at the outcome. Written as proof that a well-educated black man was indeed a slave and that even with a life riddled with trials and tribulations you can rise above and succeeded in obtaining your dream. Being born a slave, Frederick had little knowledge of any other life. A child, being too young to work in the fields, his views were ignorant of the world and slavery. After watching his aunt being thrashed did Frederick really being to see the true nature of his circumstances. Being selected to go live with another family, Frederick travelled to Baltimore. There he would get his first real chance at an opportunity to improve life and he remembers this as one of the happiest times of his life. Upon the arrival to Baltimore, Frederick was blessed with a “kind mistress”. “I was utterly astonished at her goodness.” (Douglas,1845) Teaching Fredrick his alphabet and helping him to learn three and four letter words, she gave him the gift of literacy, until her husband (Mr. Hugh) found out and forbid her to continue her lessons. Unbeknownst to Mr. Hugh, the damaged was done and as Fredrick listening to Mr. Hugh’s rant about the consequences of teaching slaves to read, he

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