Anyone that has recently gone to school in the United States knows a thing or two about slavery and it's history in America. We've all heard about the Jim Crow laws, and the sit-ins, and the cotton plantations. However there isn't really too many pieces of literature from the perspectives of slaves that went on to be successful in the rest of their lives after they had conquered slavery. That's the main reason for why I chose to read a first hand account from one of the most famous slaves turned abolitionists, Frederick Douglass. Douglass wrote the piece from his point of view, and didn’t really hold back when it came to describing the truth and horror of what it was like to be a slave. However the piece is also about his journey with education and the various situations hat he comes upon with slave masters.
There is no doubt that Douglass wanted his book to be remembered, and for people to respond to the various situations described by Douglass. He even talks about how, at 5-7 years old, he saw a girl get beaten over and over and over just because she was unable to use her hands. He talks about the various murders that went uninvestigated, almost as if they weren’t crimes. Douglass vividly describes the savagery displayed by his various masters, and how his response to one in particular completely changed his broken attitude and motivated him. Perhaps one of the most key features of the book is Douglas’ desire for knowledge, It all starts because of an initially kind master in Baltimore, but progresses as Douglass’ desire to read and write grows and grows.
Although this may be a graphic and raw piece, it is certainly one of great importance and I highly recommend that anyone interested in the subject read the book, as it is quite short but packed with truth and information.
Gustav Rossner is a long-haired student at Novi High School that is involved clubs like Deca and Hosa is a lover of film, and fences on his own time.