Essay #2 - Douglass

Essay #2 - Douglass - Joshua Pinero Eng 28 Learning to Read...

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Joshua Pinero 10/8/07 Eng. 28 Learning to Read and Write In Frederick Douglass’s text “Learning to Read and Write” he tells us how difficult it was to gain an education as a black slave in the south before civil rights existed. Knowing what Douglass had to go through just to learn to read and write, makes me value the education that exists today in the present, but surprisingly, it does not inspire me to change my behavior toward education any differently. As a student, I do what I must do to be able to pass the class with an adequate grade but Douglass’ narrative does not make me feel compelled to work harder, or become more motivated, even knowing the lack of privileges that a black slave from the past had. Douglass’s article is very articulate and makes us feel the pain that he felt, but it does not have any emotional effect on me personally. Douglass tells the readers about the part of his life when he was a very young African slave in the pre-civil rights era. He lived with his strict Mister Hugh, who did not tolerate the
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Essay #2 - Douglass - Joshua Pinero Eng 28 Learning to Read...

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