The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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Beloved Humans Merriam-Webster defines humans as of, relating to, or affecting people. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, written by himself, we have learned through his experiences that he disputes the ideas of slavery. Douglass provides evidence on how he and thousands of other black slaves were dehumanized by their slave holders. He was whipped, starved, and uneducated. Since you can be less human; can you be more human? If so, is the oppressor or the oppressed responsible for being less human? Throughout Douglass’s book he explains how he was dehumanized but if he was treated more humane, could he have been more human? Is it even possible to more human? Douglas was able to over come adversity by receiving an education, treating others how he wanted to be treated, and empathizing with people different than himself. “I succeed in learning how to read and write” (47). Douglass had to learn how to read and write on his own because slave holders believed that if slaves learned how to read they would run away and take over white people’s jobs. Education is a crucial factor in how you are capable of being more human. Literacy helps build the economy and start economic change in our rapidly evolving technological world. Frederick “devoted his Sundays to teaching these my loved fellow-slaves how to read” (84). Everybody knows a little more about a topic and is responsible for sharing it with others. How did technology advance if you do not
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