Fredrick Douglass

Fredrick Douglass - Fredrick Douglass changes his view of...

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Fredrick Douglass changes his view of slavery and slave owners many times throughout his life as shown in My Bondage and My Freedom . As a young boy Fredrick Douglass fears the whip from the first time he was a witness to the first beating of a slave. Douglass will eventually come to learn that he has nothing to fear besides death reminiscing the quote of Patrick Henry “Give me liberty, or give me death”. Douglass will face Covey without fear of being beaten and will in turn break the man whose job it is to break slaves. Douglass wonders why white kids get to know their ages but he does not. Douglass mentions the fact that slave overseers are not brought in for charges of murder for shooting slaves. Douglass is surprised by the kindness of Mrs. Sophia Auld, he is thankful for her kindness in showing him how to read. Mr. Auld immediately forbade the teaching of Douglass he says “Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world”. (92) Douglass would later note that moment as the first moment where he realized how whites controlled slaves. Douglass would go on to say that Mr. Auld’s words showed the need for Douglass to continue his education if he ever wanted to become a free man. Douglass says how slavery changed Mrs. Auld built-in niceness into a cruel, cold hearted person.
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Reed during the Fall '08 term at Illinois State.

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