"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" Analytical Essay by RightRiters

"Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass"
This paper discusses the concepts of voice and identify in, "Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave: Written by Himself," by Frederick Douglass.
# 23471 | 2,115 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 26, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper discusses the book "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," the story of Frederick Douglass, an early-19th century American slave who escaped the South, found freedom in the North and became the preeminent spokesperson in the abolitionist movement. The paper author feels that the book's message is that once we give voice to our own history and our experiences and refuse to allow others to shape our identities for the history books, not only do we perceive ourselves differently, but also the world perceives us differently. The paper author feels that "Narratives of the Life" is still one of the most significant weapons in the worldwide fight against oppressions in all forms.

From the Paper:

Before "Narratives of the Life" was published, the prevailing image of the Black American in America was of a shiftless Negro who was ignorant, lazy and happy to be taken care of by the white man because Blacks were unable to take care of themselves. The myth that was perpetrated was of a simple, dim-witted, child-like group of people who were one-step below whites and just one-step above animals.

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