Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass - David Alvarez AMH 2041 Maxwell Liberty...

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David Alvarez AMH 2041, Maxwell April 12, 2010 Liberty The Declaration of Independence laid down several powerful foundations for the shaping of America. It states all men are created equal and every man is entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As Frederick Douglass grew older, and saw the harsh realities of being a slave in America during the 1800’s, he realized the hypocrisy in the words of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout his life, he saw many sufferings, many deaths, and much maltreatment. For Douglass, it was hard to imagine that the Declaration would say such words, when slaves were being beaten in the very country that said all men were created equal. Even the fact that slaves were present in America shocked Douglass. Confused by all the ignorance and hypocrisy in America, he dedicated his life to deciphering the true meaning behind liberty and freedom. Throughout Frederick Douglass’s life, he was always interested in learning, reading, and educating himself. He had an advantage over other slaves, since he was not working in the fields. Rather, he worked inside the slave owner’s house, or whomever his owner rented him to. Being inside the household, rather than outside, gave him more opportunities to devote himself towards his education. Sometimes the wives of the owner’s would teach slaves reading and writing. He became an extremely articulate man. So articulate, that many whites were in disbelief that such words could come out of a Negro. When Douglass was seven years old, he was sent to the Auld residence to serve.
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This was a big turning point in his life, for this is where most of his education started. Throughout his time at the Auld household, Sophia Auld taught him how to read. He started to realize the cruelty of slavery and that there were groups of people, known as abolitionists, trying to put slavery to a stop. He started to understand that knowledge was
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course AMH 2041 taught by Professor Mungary during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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