The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Throughout our country’s history, there have been several instances in which minorities, and native groups have been victims of our country’s people and government, as well as policies that our government has enacted. Some of these policies and treatments have made them very vulnerable and victims to barbaric and inhumane treatment at the hands of the “true” American people. Slavery in America is a prime example of these type of government policies and inhumane treatment of other groups who deserve the same rights as us “Americans do”. While most focus on how Slavery dehumanized the slaves themselves, it also dehumanized the people who owned, worked, and dealt with the slaves: The American People. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Douglass illustrates, quite graphically, though appropriately, through his own personal experiences the brutality and violence of life as a slave, but also how it dehumanized both the slaves and the whites using masterful imagery. As Douglass says about one of his slave owners, “Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities. Under its influence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.” (Pg. 52) This was true for many more people than just his mistress. Dehumanizing slaves begins from the moment they are born or bought as slave holders and the general white population deny slaves and bonds with their family, education, and
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