Ake Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart and he is relieved by them only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears At least such is my experience I have often sung to drown my sorrow but seldom to express my happiness Crying for joy and singing for joy were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness as the singing of a slave the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotionOn masters who profess to be good Christians I assert most unhesitatingly that the
Religion Of The South Is A Mere Covering For The of the south is a mere covering for the horrid crimes a justifier of the most appalling barbarity a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds and a dark shelter under which the darkest foulest grossest and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery next to that enslavement I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall me For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met religious slaveholders are the worst I have ever found them the meanest and basest the most cruel and cowardly of all others Book Review I first read the biographical introduction about Frederick Douglass and learned many new things I new he wrote a few autobiographies but I never new that he spanned them over 40 years of writing and that he lived for close to 80 years I then read both the preface by Garrison and the letter to Douglas They were excellent introductions to the narrative by Frederick Douglass They "Set The Mood And Get You Ready To Experience A "the mood and get you ready to experience a new *set of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave etc It really prepares you for * of emotions when you read Douglass Life of an American Slave etc It really prepares you for glory in the words and language You realize how much Douglass meant to the enslaved people It also gives you an overwhelming sense of sullen melancholy You almost can t believe that something like this happened to Douglass It is very powerful and emotional Douglass work definitely is effective It moves the reader deeply All I can say about book 1 is that I was utterly repulsed by what I read How any person could do that to another human being because their skin is a different color is absolutely hideous I was so angry that I wanted to just scream out profanities to the slaveholders Douglass memory and description is so vivid I could see the apple red blood drip to the floor almost like it was an IV at times when he whipped her so much there was hardly any blood left I wonder though if this was an exaggeration Garrison claims that it isn t but it is so vile and disgusting that it can t be real Can it In Book 2 at least we learn that the slaves are treated a little better at times They go for a walk to the Great Farm House if they are a representative which gives them some time to themselves without the fear of a whipping They sing songs and have a little bit of fun at least although Frederick says that they never had any real joy with it not tears of joy or happiness I was so upset by this No joy and forced to go through all that they did It is horrible Also. Massachusetts It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period In factual detail the text describes the.
Summary Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassWhat a powerful piece of writing this is "slavery is such an ugly part of american "is such an ugly part of American and this narrative tells all of the ordeals that
Frederick Douglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible livingDouglass had to overcome including whippings beatings hunger tyrannical masters backbreaking labor and horrible living Douglass was born in Maryland in 1818 but even that year is a guess because slaves were generally not allowed to now their birthdate He A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity knew little of his mother because the master sent her away and then she died while Douglass was still a child It was whispered that his father was the master but he had no way ofnowing for certainThere are some horrifying stories in this narrative But there is also inspiration because we now Douglass was able to escape and live freely My favorite part was when Douglass explained how he learned to read and write after he was shipped off to a master s house in Balti He was very clever and had to learn in secret because his master had said that slaves shouldn t learn to read because it would make them miserable and unmanageable But Douglass couldn t stand the thought of being a slave for life and he new he had to learn to read if he wanted to run awayThe plan which I adopted and the one by which I was most successful was that of making friends of all the little white boys whom I met in the street As many of these as I could I converted into teachers With their indly aid obtained at different times and in different places I finally succeeded in learning to read When I was sent on errands I always took my book with me and by going one part of my errand uickly I found time to get a lesson before my return I used also to carry bread with me This bread I used to bestow upon the hungry little urchins who in return *would give me that valuable bread of nowledgehowever * give me that valuable bread of nowledgeHowever Douglass read newspaper articles about slavery or about the abolitionist movement he became even upsetThe I read the I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers who had left their homes and gone to Africa and stolen us from our homes and in a strange land reduced us to slavery I loathed them as the meanest as well as the most wicked of men As I read and contemplated the subject behold that very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish As I writhed under it I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing It had given me a view of my wretched condition without the remedy It opened my eyes to the horrible pit but to no ladder upon which to get out In moments of agony I envied my fellow slaves for their stupidity I have often wished myself a beastFortunately Douglass had a plan to escape and he was able to flee his master s home in Balti and make it to New York which was a free state He was able to marry and became a passionate advocate for abolition I highly recommend this narrativeMemorable uotesI have often been utterly astonished since I came to the north to find persons who could speak of the singing among slaves as evidence of their contentment and happiness It is impossible to conceive of a greater mist. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn. .
The rations they received were so minute I wonder how they ever survived In Book 3 The garden that was near the plantation was nice It would give the slaves something to look at except that it also tempted them to steal some fruit and vegetables which would result in severe punishing And all of this so far happened when Frederick was still just a child I often thought that it was just a game to see how many times they could whip a slave or get
HIMHER TO DO WRONG IT WASto do wrong It was as if "they purposely set them up using spies etc To try and catch them "purposely set them up using spies etc To try and catch them the act I think that is incredibly inhumane and awful If I have this many feelings about the narrative so far it just shoes how great an author Douglass is He is able to capture attention and make you yell out in angst against the evil masters and overseers By the end of Book 6 we learn that Douglass has learned how to read and write He has also learned what an abolitionist is He begins to see out into real life rather than the life of a slave He has been through several new masters some good and some bad Also during this time he tells the readers that it is better off to be dead than to be a black slave in 19th century America In later books we learn that it is especially horrible when you have been treated nicely as a slave and then you go to a plantation where they treat you despicably Douglass is extremely effective at showing his audience this Douglass also tells how he was shipped all over the place whenever his masters died or got tired of him I see how it becomes a game again I also see that maybe the slaves could be compared to the life of a nomad who has no one common place to stay Not an easy one to read but important to understand how bad the situation was Hearing about it or nowing of it is one thing Reading specifics is entirely another About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on ov This book is not an important historical document to be placed in a glass case and venerated during Black History Month It should be read by all regardless of race or creed as a warning against prejudice and oppressionDouglass description of the cruel conditions of slavery is mind searing His analysis of the system w Thank you Mr Douglassthis was a life changer for me You are a true American hero and the fact that there are not monuments government buildings holidays or other commemorations of your life seems to me an oversight of epic proportions How often is it that you can honestly say that you ll never be the same after reading a book Well this life story of a singular individual has changed meirrevocably I will never be able to sufficiently express my gratitude to Mr Douglass for that extraordinary gift of insight I m just not sure how to properly express how deeply this story impacted me both with its content and its delivery Impressive seems such a shallow word I guess I will call it a uniue and special experience and simply state that this autobiography has been added to my list of All Time Favorites Being a fan of history in general and American history in particular I was somewhat familiar with Frederick Douglass an. Events of his life and is considered to be one of the most influential pieces of literature to fuel the abolitionist movement of the early 19th century in the United State. .