Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass - The Narrative of Frederick Douglass is...

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The Narrative of Frederick Douglass is a keystone of African American literature and history. This biography depicts Douglass’ personal development, and gives insight on his trials and achievements on his path from slavery to freedom. The narrative is significant because it captures and highlights an important period in history. I believe that the reason this biography was written was to give the reader a front seat to observe all the severities of slavery in the United States. This particular narrative has been studied intensely by many, because it creates the opportunity to understand the conditions of slavery, the mindset of an African American male, and the importance of education. Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe, which is located in Talbot County, Maryland. About twelve months after birth, Douglass was separated from his mother, Harriet Bailey Douglass, which was a common practice among slave owners. He only saw his mother late at nights for a few hours, which contributed to the distant relationship he had with her. According to Douglass, this was to break the bond between a mother and her child, so that the child would have no emotional attachments. To the best of his
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course PYSCH 101 taught by Professor Shaun during the Spring '08 term at University of Iowa.

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