Expository essay#1 - Tiffany Liu Sean Ireland English 1...

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Tiffany Liu Sean Ireland English 1 3/6/13 Expository essay#1: Fredrick Douglass “If you teach that nigger how to read…He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master” Like many slaveholders, Fredrick Douglass’s master, Mr. Auld, believed that teaching slaves to read would spoil them and made them rebellious. During Douglass’s time, slave owners assumed that blacks should be kept as slaves because they were born incapable of joining in the civilized society. In order to maintain control and power over slavery, white planters kept their African labors uneducated and ignorant. By preventing Negro workers from learning their history and their individual identity, they would lose their chances for independence and proficiency. As a result of preventing slaves from getting educated, slaveholders maintained their authority over black labors and prevented them to fight back. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, the white society thought black people were made inferior by nature and it was reasonable that they served under the whites. As the slave trade developed, slave holders created an ideology that Africans were inhumane, uncivilized, and subordinated to white people in every way. Blackness was believed to be associated with death and evil centuries before the English met the Negros. People rely on tales told by travelers to distinguish how black people looked and behaved. Slave owners claimed bondage was justified because in the Bible it stated that slavery was an institution ordained by God. Negro labors were

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