Frederick Douglass questions for discussion

Frederick Douglass questions for discussion - Spring 2014...

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Spring 2014 HON 212 Discourses of Slavery in the Americas Rashaa Parker Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas s (1845) Questions for discussion: 1. How does Douglass describe the effect that learning to read and write had on him? Prior to his educational awakening consisting basically of learning to read and write, Douglass was ignorant to the extreme harshness of his living conditions as a member of the slave population. His education broadened his awareness and introduced him to the concept of freedom and entitlement that he was previously unaware of. Initially, this consciousness of a life filled with equality and liberty gave Douglass hope for a more fulfililng future, however as time progressed and his life conditions worsened, he lost track of this hope, replacing it with regret for ever having learned about a life he believed a slave of his condition would never be able to attain. The ability to read and write granted Douglass access to another world that virtually had no restrictions, putting everyone on the same level regardless of color. He experinenced freedom using the key of knowledge while still being enchained by the reality of slavery. 2.
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