Frederick Douglas

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Kenny Sandoval
History 251-003
Frederick Douglas
Dear Jim,
I don’t know if you remember me but my name is Kenny Sandoval and I am your brother’s son. My dad has said so much about you and I remember him bringing up the topic of you owning a slave. He mentioned that you treated your slaved like if they were some type of animal that could be easily replaced. I myself am a slave owner but believe that slaves deserve to be treated more like humans even though they are our property. I recommend you read a book I came across while going to a book store. I was trying to find a book that was different and grabbed my attention and saw a book that recently came out by a black man named Frederick Douglas. What he says in the book makes you think about what slaves go through and how if you think about it deserve their freedom. The book is called “Frederick Douglas: An American Slave”. After reading this book it opened my eyes to a whole new world. A world I was blinded to see by society and the media growing up. For that reason I will be soon be freeing my slaves and letting them go up north. Really try to read the book and understand it, and if it doesn’t change your point of view in slaves then I will understand.

Jim when reading the book you will see and understand why this man named Frederick Douglas is a great figure not only for his race but for everyone. Douglas seems to be biracial meaning he was half white and half black from what he thinks. He believes that his Father was his Master. Already he is in a way different from many. He in a way shows you how they are basically treated like tools. If the slave doesn’t satisfy you, you can just sell him/her or give them away. What separates him from many as well is that he basically teaches himself how to read in write and become literate. Of course many slave owners like you and I are told to avoid this because it would make them less of a slave, but how is it right to treat a person that has all the same...
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