Slavery In Douglass And Northup’s Novels

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In the 1700s, African Americans were thought of as property of their owners and they had no control over their own life. They were victims of emotional and physical abuse. The stories about Frederick Douglass and Solomon Northup show loneliness, slavery and the lack of power African people had in such a racist society back in those days.

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African talents were absolutely wasted and they were considered to be less desirable to white individuals. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass states that the white society was causing negative effects to itself and that slavery must be abolished in order to shape a better world. The detailed cruelty is told in both The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and 12 Years a Slave.

Frederick Douglass uses real names for the places that are used for slaveholding, which would provide information to detectives looking for witnesses. Nowadays, society has realized that stubbornness is a terrible enemy for all countries, and slavery would have created the world to be an even worse place to live. People have realized that education creates success and changes the morals that are important for family. This was not understood during the time of slavery. In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Mrs. Sophia Hugh began teaching Frederick Douglass how to read. When Mr. Hugh found out, he told her that this could cause Frederick Douglass to start a rebellion against him. Frederick became curious about learning how to read, and learning other things. He thought that there was something the slave owners were hiding from them.

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