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BOSTON, May 1, 1845. Page xiii
LETTER FROM WENDELL PHILLIPS, ESQ.
BOSTON, April 22 , 1845.
My Dear Friend:
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"None so dramatically as Douglass integrated both the horror and the great quest of the African-American experience into the deep stream of American autobiography. He advanced and extended that tradition and is rightfully designated one of its greatest practitioners." John W. Blassingame, from the introduction" --John W. Blassingame --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Argument 1 = Education can free you/ knowledge is power - only after Douglass learns to read does he start to break out of the bonds of slavery - his male owner (the one in the city) tries to stop him from reading because he knows it will empower Douglass/ make him less willing to be a servant Argument 2 = Slavery is wrong - many examples throughout the whole book Argument 3 = While God is great, "men of God" can be terrible - Douglass notices that his owners who are the most "devout" often treat him the worst. He makes the point that simply being a Christian is not good in itself, but that you must make your actions fair and just as well - this argument is towards the very end of the book
Page iv. field of public usefulness, "gave the world assurance of a MAN," quickened the slumbering energies of his soul, and consecrated him to the great work of.
1) Frederick Douglas was born a slave in Maryland on a plantation. He later on was able to run away and find freedom. He became an activist in the abolition movement. 2) The worse aspect of slavery was the lack of family ties. Slaves were raised not knowing there fathers, brothers, sisters and sometimes even their moms. When they did find out later someone was their brother, it held little meaning to them. They were not closer to them than anyone else. 3)Doublass spoke a lot about education because he believed that was the key to freedom. In his own personal experience, Douglass taught himself to read and gained the knowledge that slavery was wrong and that God did not make black people to be slaves for white people. The more knowledge a slave had, the more that he saw the slave system was based on slaves ignorance and the lies of the white man s superiority. For this reason, teaching a slave to read and write was illegal. 4) Douglas felt that religion should speak out against slavery, although it did not. Churches in the US accepted money from slaveholders and those located in none slaveholding states still practiced segregation. 5)Doublass published his work to convince everyone he lectured that he was a slave and that the slave system truly was terrible. People believed he could not have been a slave because he was so well spoken or they believed that the slave system didn t hurt him any because he turned out fine.