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Romero 1 Mason Romero Mrs. Wilson-Gonzalez History 7 25 July 2017 Mind to Magic: Douglass’ Road to Freedom Education is one of the most valuable components of success. Before one succeeds in life, they must have an education in order to pursue their goals. Without education, the human race would be lost. Many utilize education in different ways such as enlightening oneself on certain subjects or as a way to pursue a career. For the case of Frederick Douglass in his book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass , Douglass documents the importance of education throughout his lifetime. In his story, Douglass recounts his move to Baltimore at a very young age where he was exposed to education by the means of his owner’s wife. When Douglass was introduced to education, he was fascinated with the idea of learning. However, Douglass’ curiosity led him to some frightening revelations. It was then that Douglass started to view education as some kind of curse that he wish he never endured. Though Douglass’ view on education was damaged for a long time, he eventually started to use education as a means to free himself from his harsh conditions as a slave. He also used education to not only do better for himself, but to better his own race and the others that advocated his same message of equal treatment. Overall, Frederick Douglass’ interpretation on education drastically change throughout his lifetime in many different ways. Ultimately, Douglass decided that his education could be used as a way to not only advance his journey toward freedom and the removal of slavery, but also as a way to advance the “black man” as a whole, along with those that supported his cause.
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Romero 2 When Douglass first started to gain an education, he was excited by his findings and initially viewed his education as a means of personal enlightenment. Douglass’ move to Baltimore saw a catalyst of change in Douglass’ life. He met Mr. and Mrs. Auld and saw them as very welcoming owners. He started to get comfortable with his surroundings when Mrs. Auld started teaching him the alphabet which fascinated Douglass. The situation seemed to be going swimmingly for Douglass, until Mr. Auld saw what his wife was doing and disapproved of her teachings for Douglass. The anger shown from Auld revealed a lot for Douglass. In his anger, Auld exclaimed, “If you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him, it would forever unfit him to be a slave” (Douglass, 20). This was very revealing to Douglass as this made education look like power to him. He saw that Mr. Auld was scared that Douglass was being taught and started to treat him differently, with Auld’s wife following suit. Douglass realized how impactful education was for his situation. Douglass wrote, “From that moment on, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom” (Douglass, 20). At the time, education was something that very few had in the South. For a white Southerner to find out that a black man was learning to be
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