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Written and published in , this is a harrowing account of a slave, by a slave. Born in Maryland, the author takes you through his life, from being a child. This is a free printable e-book of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, written by the famous abolitionist himself. Douglass describes his birth and early life. Dayana Ferrara, University of Naples “L‟Orientale” “How a slave was made a man”: Frederick Douglass' performance of identity in Narrative of the Life of.
My mother was of a darker complexion than either my grandmother or grandfather. My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was also whispered that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from me. My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant—before I knew her as my mother.
It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age.
Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it, and hired out on some farm a considerable distance off, and the child is placed under the care of an old woman, too old for field labor. For what this separation is done, I do not know, unless it be to hinder the development of the child's affection toward its mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child.
This is the inevitable result.
I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life; and each of these times was very short in duration, and at night. She was hired by a Mr.
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Stewart, who lived about twelve miles from my home. She made her journeys to see me in the night, travelling the whole distance on foot, after the performance of her day's work. She was a field hand, and a whipping is the penalty of not being in the field at sunrise, unless a slave has special permission from his or her master to the contrary—a permission which they seldom get, and one that gives to him that gives it the proud name of being a kind master. I do not recollect of ever seeing my mother by the light of day.
She was with me in the night.
She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone. Very little communication ever took place between us. Death soon ended what little we could have while she lived, and with it her hardships and suffering. McFarland and Company, , p.
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Harper, , p. But if the father-son relationship is important, what stuns the reader is especially the mother-son relationship.
Indeed, Douglass affirms that my mother and I were separated when I was but an infant. In addition, slavery negated parenthood and especially motherhood.
After giving birth to a slave child, the mother-child relationship is destroyed in many cases, as their individual economic value becomes the priority for the master. In the Narrative, Douglass makes a little reference to the role that his mother had in his life, in order to show to the reader how slavery affects the relationship between mother and children, dividing them.
BeaconPress, , pp. In the Narrative, indeed, Douglass argues that his old master, Captain Anthony, died, leaving only his son, Andrew, and daughter, Lucretia, to share his estate.
It was necessary to have a valuation of the property, that it might be equally divided between Mrs. Lucretia and Master Andrew.
Men and women, old and young, married and single, were ranked with horses, sheep and swine. A Northern Slave, , Booklassic. Also, slaves were able to find both physical and spiritual relief through the act of singing. Indeed, he perceives a growing hatred towards it, while feeling more sympathy for his fellow- slaves. In this way, white owners could not understand the real meaning of what they were singing. The racial inequality between whites and blacks is also determined by the opportunity of being educated, according to the race to which you belong and the social privileges that can benefit or not your identity.
After moving to Baltimore around , Douglass is owned by Mr. Hugh Auld and his wife Mrs.
Sophia Auld. Before the marriage, Mrs. But to educate a slave was against the law and the reason was that keeping slaves ignorant allowed the white masters to better submit them into slavery. Indeed, one day Mr. Hugh discovers what Mrs. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master. Hugh Auld makes clear, uneducated slaves were easier to control.
In fact, Mr. Moreover, his process from ignorance to knowledge continues. In the lecture, Self-Made Man, Douglass argued: The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. For Douglass, to get knowledge means thinking about the unsatisfied reality in which he lives. In order to do it, just education is not sufficient. In , Douglass is sent to Mr. Actually, Mr.A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master.
She was with me in the night. Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
But if the father-son relationship is important, what stuns the reader is especially the mother-son relationship. It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age. An Analysis of the Title We can find the theme of self-definition starting from the very beginning of the Narrative.
But to educate a slave was against the law and the reason was that keeping slaves ignorant allowed the white masters to better submit them into slavery. In addition, slavery negated parenthood and especially motherhood.
Stewart, who lived about twelve miles from my home.
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