Frederick Douglass Slavery by Tenzin Wangmo (The north gave most slaves…
Frederick Douglass Slavery by Tenzin Wangmo
Slaves were beaten if they disobeyed their masters, they worked on plantations from morning to night.
He grew up to be a famous abolitionist and made many famous speeches on abolishing slavery.
He ran away from Maryland to escape slavery and got caught
After trying to escape and getting caught, he was sent to Maryland with the orders from his former master Auld whose wife had taught him how to read the alphabet.
Frederick Douglass was able to convey to me how he as a slave had so many struggles because of the color of his skin.
When he was escaping he says "With us it was a doubtful liberty at most, and almost a certain death if we failed. For my part, I should prefer death to a hopeless bondage."
Frederick suffered through slavery for so long he was ready to risk his life for a slight CHANCE of freedom. He wanted to die than rather be a slave for the rest of his life.
Frederick Douglass was the son of a slave and a white man. He was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland.
Even though his father was rumored to be a white man he had to follow his mother into slavery.
Frederick uses the first page to show the way slaves were treated differently as children, the difference in knowledge of themselves, He describes how he witnessed even as a child the torment slaves were put through because of the color of their skin.
"The white children could tell their ages I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privileges."
The north gave most slaves more privileges because the north had more factories and could just hire factory workers while the south had much more plantations that needed lot's of people to help pick the cash crops being grown.
Slaves were not treated as humans they were treated as objects that could be traded, sold or even gambled away. They were given less privileges because of the color of their skin.
Slaves were given clothes worth less than SEVEN DOLLARS, Even the way Frederick adds this thought gives us enough of an explanation to know the difference between the privileged and the colored.
Slavery started in the early 1600’s when dutch settlers brought captured african americans from their native lands. SLavery spread like crazy. Slaves were very useful in places where many people were need to create a specific product. Most of the time it was cash crops. Cash crops were grown on plantation where hundreds of slaves worked every day to make more profit for farmers.
SLAVERY WAS ENDED BECAUSE OF....
Petitions by the women
Narratives written by ex-slaves
Broadcasts by white women
Books written on slavery
Confiscation acts of 1861
"...the whole of which may not have cost more than seven dollars.....
Frederick shows the way he was deprived of privileges like a bed or even proper clothes. Even telling us the price of the clothes and comparing it to the kids whose skin color was just a bit lighter than theirs but he was held back by the chains.
he also talks about the deep emotions of the slaves that he had worked alongside with
" While on their way, they would make the dense old woods, for miles around, reverberate with their wild songs, revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness.....
I felt that when he was saying this he was thinking about how slaves were singing out their pains and how he as a slave at the time didn't understand their true emotions. I was thinking how the slaves were making the best of the moment even though they were slaves, they could never have a future like someone who wasn't colored. How could they be singing at this time. I think there was hope in them just like Frederick once had at a time. A hope that they would eventually be able to escape.
EXCERPT 2 .I did not, when a slave, understand the deep meaning of those rude and apparently incoherent songs.....They told a tale of woe which was then altogether beyond my feeble comprehension: their tones were loud, long and deep: they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to god for deliverance from chains. The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit , and filled me with ineffable sadness.
Frederick adds the details of the slaves emotions when singing their songs. He really tells us how these slaves have been through this much, their songs are one of the only ways they are able to keep themselves true.
This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning point in my career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of manhood. It recalled the departed self-confidence, and inspired me again with a determination to be free.
"MY LONG CRUSHED SPIRIT ROSE, COWARDICE DEPARTED, BOLD DEFIANCE TOOK ITS PLCE: AND I NOW RESOLVED THAT, HOWEVER LONG I MIGHT REMAIN A SLAVE IN FORM, THE DAY HAD PASSED FOREVER WHEN I COULD BE A SLAVE IN FACT."
" I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty-to wit , the white mans's power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom."
"if you teach that slave how to read, there would be no keeping. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy."
When I heard this I didn't understand it because I thought giving a slave the ability to read would make it happy. Wouldn't it give that slave a special privilege. And then later on in the other excerpts I found that Frederick wasn't happy when he learned to read. He was able to see the world for what it was. A big mess. He was able to see the slaves being sold on posters able to read the books that told him he would never become as great as a white person because he wasn't born of the same skin color.
THEME- The struggles you go through help create you.
The struggles that Frederick Douglass went through helped him create the future that he wanted. His struggles helped create his character. He want through inequality because of the color of his skin which helped him become an amazing abolitionist.