Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick DouglassPaper Rating: Word Count: 973 Approx Pages: 4
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Dover Publications Inc., New York: 1995.
Frederick Douglass was born sometime in 1817. His exact date of birth is not known because Douglass was born into slavery. He was also of mixed race and believed his father was his first master Captain Anthony. Douglass' autobiography is his account of slavery and the ideas he produced from his experiences written to express his views and opinions. Douglass' personal experience with the brutality and oppression of slavery is vividly told with great detail. Not only does he describe the horrors and evils of slavery, he tells how he believes the institution was able to survive for so long.
The greatest fear of any slave owner was that of a slave rebellion. Douglass states the many ways he encountered, of making slaves submissive despite their advantage in number. In several instances he uses the imagery of a slave beating to support his stance on abolition. Slave owners used the physical abuse as a way to "break slaves and make them do what they were told or punish them for disobeying. However slaves were not only mistre