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Frederick Douglass took the time in his narrative to show his ideals of equality as a slave were much different than other citizens, slavery’s “dehumanizing effects”, and to prove that slavery is overall democratically wrong. From the start we can see that Douglass is a very intelligent individual. Even though he doesn’t directly talk about the birth of the country, and its ideals for men, or about the founding fathers, it is quite clear in his writing that he had a deep understanding for how it worked. At only twelve years of age Douglass once said, “You will be free as soon as you are twenty-one but I am a slave for life.” He was talking to white children that also spent time at the ship yard. He went on to say, “Have not I as good a right to be free as you have?” Even though Douglass didn’t have the more modern definition of democracy, his description of what slavery on the plantation was like, fits well into the definition. “The absence of arbitrary distinctions or privileges, not left by ones judgment or choice.”
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