Fredrick Douglas

Topics: Slavery in the United States, Education, Risk Pages: 2 (748 words) Published: February 9, 2012
While walking down the street you witness a young man snatching a perce from a helpless edlerly woman. Do you chase after the young bandiat or do you merly observe? Personally I would persue the man diligantly until I retrieve the perce. Taking riskes are nessary to achieve personal aparations in life. Chasing dreams, achieving goals, taking riskes, is what Fredrick Douglas did to teach himself how to read and write while being an American slave.

From chapter 7 of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave” by Fredrick Douglas I learned how he learned to read and write while being a slave. Douglas learned the alphabet from his mistress until she started treating him like less of a human being due to her husband’s influence. Fredrick was determined to educate himself so he made friends with the poor white boys and offer them bread if they would help him learn to read. He learned to read and he read all the time. As he became more literate, he realized what he was too the slave-masters and he foreshadowed that he would someday be physically and emotionally free.

Fredrick Douglas wanted to be educated and he couldn’t have done so if he didn’t step out of his comfort zone and took risks to better his life.”This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins, who, in return, would give me that more valuable bread of knowledge.” Says Douglas. He put himself out there in order to achieve his goal and he had to risk his hunger in order to obtain the more valuable bread of knowledge. As a Senior in high school I wanted to play college baseball and I couldnt have achieved my goal without taking the riskes I took. To play baseball in college you have to get reconized and make a name for yourself so college teams are interested in you coming to thier school. To maximized my chances of being descovered I went to the granddaddy of all prospect baseball camps and tryouts in Surprise Arizona at the New York Yankee’s spring training...
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