The Sides and Roles of Slavery in America

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The Sides of Slavery

Slavery played a large role in this country. Americans in this time period didn't

find slavery wrong or immoral. Slaveowners didn't view black people as humans. They

were closely compared to animals. Due to this attitude toward slaves, they were treated

brutally. Very rarely did slaves escape to freedom, but Frederick Douglass was one of

the few that did. He was one of the first to write about his experiences as a slave. He

helped reveal the extent of slavery and awoke many to the moral unjust of this crime.

This story is one that every American should read. Its about the life of Frederick

Douglass, born a slave but escapes and becomes a free man. In this journey he is

faced with many trials and struggles. As a child he grew up never meeting his father and

had his mother die at a very young age. He moves to Baltimore later in his life where he

is taught to read. Education for slaves is frowned upon. They try to keep slaves as

docile as possible. But Douglass finds ways to educate himself. When Douglass begins

to be more resistant toward the slave owners and even attempts to escape, he is sent to

a special slave breaker, where he is punished heavily and beaten often. At some point

Douglass snaps and fights the slave breaker, Mr. Covey. After this fight he is never

whipped again. After many attempts, he manages to escape to New York and succeeds

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in becoming a free man. At
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