Frederick Douglass Essay
Frederick Douglass was an African American slave reformer; he also was a writer and believed everyone should be free. Douglass once said “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” He was willing to do anything to do the right thing. In his narrative he talks about the evils of slavery and many of the strategies to keep slavery alive as well as the tactics used to keep slaves ignorant.
In 1818 Douglass was born into in slavery on a Maryland plantation in Talbot County to his mother Harriet Bailey; although he did not really know his mom till he was older she passed when he was younger. He didn‘t know his mother because the slave owners would separate them from their mothers to destroy that mother son bond; it was a tactic used to keep the slaves thought of as tools instead of people. He never knew who his father was but he suspected that he was one of the plantation owners. Most plantation owners had their way with the female slaves. It may have been a way to keep the slave population up and profits were made by selling of slaves because mixed slaves became slaves because of law. Douglass was raised by his grandmother Betty Bailey. When he was still young he was selected to work in the plantation house. Douglass was given to the wife of his master. Following his masters death he was sent to Baltimore to serve his master‘s wife‘s brother in law Hugh Auld. In Douglass ‘early child hood seemed to be rough because he did witness a lot of abuse and suffered from it as well. He recalls witnessing the brutal whipping of his grandmother but he recalls the true pain being that he couldn‘t do anything to stop it. He uses a lot of scenes like this to provide examples of the inhumanity of slavery and he uses the abuse of women as a key trigger in this part. He describes multiple accounts were slave owners just murder a slave without punishment and this is just another example of how many slave holders just saw their slaves as tools. One of the things that I had wondered about is the slave holders would punish the least worthy acts but neglect the more intense acts. He spends a lot of his time with the grandson of the Colonel‘s grandson who gets attached to Douglass and this plays into his favor. Douglass recalls times were he was so cold and describes levels of frost bite that were at the least sickening. He says he could take the pen he writes with now and stick into the cracks.
At the age around eight or seven Douglass is selected to go down to Baltimore and live with the captain‘s son in law. He feels lucky to move to Baltimore because it allowed him the opportunity to gain knowledge and break free the tactic‘s slave holders use to keep slaves ignorant. His new slave owner Mrs. Auld begins teaching him the basics of reading and the alphabet. Douglass over hears Hugh Auld telling Mrs. Auld that education ruins slaves so this inspires Douglass to get educated. Slave holders would keep the slaves...