Next up in English III novels is a fairly short read in the autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by you guessed it, Frederick Douglass. Published in 1845, it captures the plight of slaves during this time. Beaten, raped, killed, and separated from their families, some slaves such as Douglass resolved to escape in search for freedom. Douglass finally succeeded after failed attempts and moved North where he became a free man. His childhood was marked by unimaginable sufferings but he reminds us that other slaves had it much worse which hints at the true horrors of slavery.
Douglass also explains ways how white masters kept slaves subservient, and among them is lack of access to education. Realizing this, young Douglass taught himself to read and write with the help of neighborhood white boys who sympathized with his situation. He also exposes the hypocrisy of white slave owners: they profess their faith to God yet own fellow human beings. Religion was much debated during this time as many whites used the Bible to justify slavery; however, Douglass disproves this and supports his anti-slavery argument not only using religion but also logic and morals.
It was definitely meaningful and inspiring to read the story of such an incredible individual who overcame his barriers as a slave and established himself as an advocate for other suffering slaves like he had been. It is no understatement to say that the works of people like Douglass contributed to the 13th amendment abolishing slavery, and I am happy to say that Mr. Douglass lived to see this day in 1865.