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Fredrick Douglass

The analysis

By Justin Ruano

11/14/11

Hist Am Civ 1607-1877

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Have you ever wondered to yourself if you firmly belief in something that you could understand the opposite side of it? Well if you just so happened to believe in slavery and I were to tell you a story about an American born slave that is making his case to abolish I, would you listen? In the book Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, An American slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Fredrick Douglass in his portion of the book goes on to make his case that slavery should be abolished. The way he goes about reasoning why it should be abolished is first he tells us about his experience during his period of slavery and in that experience it explains with a main point why and how it works. Secondly, he uses this book as a tool to help expose the true evil of slavery and uses once again experience which is a helpful thing. Lastly, he uses the fact that slave owners make the slaves ignorant of their age, where they were born, and who their parents are.

Fredrick Douglass throughout this book uses experiences to show why slavery should be abolished. Fredrick Douglass was born in 1818 and he died in 1895, and he was born into slavery in Talbot Country, Maryland.(Fredrick Douglass facts page) In chapter 1, Fredrick Douglass said that he had witnessed these beatings and that it had happened often. “I remember the first time I ever witnessed this horrible exhibition. I was quite a child, but I well remembered it. … It was the first of a long series of such outrages, of which I was doomed to be a witness and a participant…” (Douglass pg 21) For example, the last paragraph of( page 21) going to( page 22) is the first experience of the beatings he witnessed. “He took her into the kitchen, and stripped her from neck to waist, leaving her neck, shoulders, and back entirely naked….” By using experiences, he is able to...
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