Fredrick Douglass "Learning to Read and Write"

"Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman."

Birth/Death: February 1818-February 20th 1895(Talbot County, MD)

Fredrick Douglass was born into slavery on Captain Anthony's plantation. His mother worked in the fields while he like many child slaves he attended to his masters/owners inside the house. Around the age of seven he was given to Captain Anthony's son-in-law brother. This transition from a plantation to the city allowed him to grow from unable to read/write to being able to. Since the city folk had neighbors that didn't own slaves they ones that did own slaves treated their slaves nicer to avoid ridicule.

He began learning to read and write from his master/owners wife in the city but sadly her husband commands her to stop immediately he states slaves become "unmanageable". The once sweet wife become engulfed in harsh punishment like slaves in plantations are treated. He then turns to local boys that teach him.

He writes about this point in his life in his work "Learning to Read and Write".

"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."
Fredrick Douglass eventually realized that learning to read/write was both a curse and a blessing

Curse because it made him aware of the injustice's and cruelty brought on to African Americans.

Blessing because it opened a whole knew world for him. It allowed to better understand and discover thoughts/ideas he never dreamed possible. It may have even given him a chance to enter his own little world through reading/writing to escape reality.

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