Differing Perspectives.docx - Tyshon L Daye II English MLA08-i 18 May 2019 Differing Perspectives There were several major differences in the viewpoints

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Tyshon L. Daye, II English MLA08-i-0317-0-0005 18 May 2019 Differing Perspectives There were several major differences in the viewpoints of Frederick Douglass and Captain Canot regarding slavery. Three of the views I want to discuss in this paper deal with the main ideas written about in Douglass’ autobiography. Those main ideas centered around a slave being no better than animals, keeping slaves makes slaveholders inhuman and violence keeps slaves submissive. In Douglass’ account slave were treated no better than animals. They had no rights. They were the property of the people who owned them and the cruel treatment of them was no big deal because no one cared. They were cattle stripped of their identities and basically thought of as a number. In his account, Douglass’ describes a moment when he could not say how old he was. He stated, “ By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant.” (The Life of Fedrick Douglass, pg. 10) He compares him not knowing his age to that of a horse, but horses are not conscious of such things. By comparison, in Captain Canot’s account when slaves were getting ready to be delivered if they were going to more than one person they were branded. Animals are branded to show ownership however Canot remembers great care being taken when branding them and if the cargo were being delivered to one owner, they were not branded at all. He writes, “ the
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