Monday, March 12, 2007

Is learning to read that important

"When i was about thirteen years old, and had succeeded in learning to read, every increase of knowledge, especially anything respecting the free states, was an additional weight to the almost intolerable burden of my thought- I am a slave for life. "

In my opinion at this time it seems like even if an African-American did learn how to read it still wasn't helping them to become free. Even at a young age Mr. Douglass learned that he might be a slave for life no matter how smart he was. It seems like no matter what he did he knew that he could never get out of that type of lifestyle. It shows that even though he learned how to read it was more of a burden rather then a blessing.


At 6:20 PM, Blogger sfritz said...

Without taking a qoute from the book, I will defend the purpose of reading, for african americans during the time of slavery. During the time of slavery many african americans were made to beleive that there was nothing beyond what they saw. With this thought in their minds, it was easier to make them complacent. With the ability to read slaves could see that there was life outside of the plantation. With the Idea of freedom, in their head, they had something to strive for.


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