Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Essay

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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, was the first of the three autobiographies that Frederick Douglass wrote himself. It’s a story about slavery and the meaning of freedom of the antebellum America. According to The Free Dictionary, Slavery is defined as the state or condition of being a slave; a civil relationship whereby one person has absolute power over another and controls his life, liberty, and fortune (freedictionary.com). Frederick Douglass’s book is about a bondage he obtained since birth; a slave for life. He was separated from his mother, Harriet Bailey, at birth and knew his father was white male. He lived on the “Great House Farm” plantation for his younger years; this is where he saw his first …show more content…
Along with these, they get their ‘bed’; a coarse blanket that only the men and women were able to obtain. By the end of the day, slaves were too tired to worry about not having a real bed; slaves “old and young, male and female, married or single, dropped down side by side, on one common bed, the cold damp floor, --- each covering himself or herself with their miserable blankets (17).” Another way they were treated like animals were how they were fed. Their food was given to the kids like pigs; a large wooden tray and it was devoured without spoons but with their hands. Their food was also similar to animal food; “coarse corn meal” (16). All in all, slave holders treated slaves below humans and even worse like animals.
The second way they justify themselves was by brutally beating them. Slaveholders had men to look over the plantation as overseers. The overseers were brutal; they beat all their slaves for reasons or even worse for no reason. Douglass had seen his own aunt whipped for just for being too loud from her whipping. “The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped; and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped longest. He would whip her to make her scream, and whip her to make her hush; (13).” Masters and overseers whipped them because it was their duty as a master to do so; they wanted to remind the slave of his master’s power. They were whipped for small accounts to prevent larger ones. On

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