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In "Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave," Douglass tells us about his life during slavery. He demonstrates with explicit details how cruel and morally wrong slavery was, and he also describes, in bitter detail, how the system of slavery made cruel all those who participated in it.

Throughout his autobiography, Fredrick Douglass focused on finding an identity, and he obtained his identity by living the life of a slave. Unlike most slaves, Douglass was very interested in reading and developing an education.

[...] His inspiration, his partial realization that he could escape the manacles of slavery if he learns to read, fascinated him. Douglass tells us, with regard to the white man, that ?What he most dreaded, that I most desired. What he most loved, that I most hated? (Douglass, 41). When Mr. Auld discovered that Mrs. Auld had been teaching Douglass to read, he was beside himself. He was aware of the idea that giving slaves the gift of knowledge would undermine their subservience to the white race, and he warned Mrs. Auld of this possibility. [...]


[...] ?Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave? by Douglass In ?Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, an American Slave,? Douglass tells us about his life during slavery. He demonstrates with explicit details how cruel and morally wrong slavery was, and he also describes, in bitter detail, how the system of slavery made cruel all those who participated in it. Throughout his autobiography, Fredrick Douglass focused on finding an identity, and he obtained his identity by living the life of a slave. [...]

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