Frederick moment, I [Frederick] understood the pathway from slavery

Frederick Douglass, a man born into slavery had no purpose other than serve his masters against his will in the south because he was black skinned. With Frederick being transferred around different masters in Maryland with some being “nicer” and others being cruel, “he unexpectedly is given the key to his freedom from the land of slavery” as stated in the narrative of Frederick Douglass written by himself in 1845. Throughout Frederick’s career as a slave education was one of the major roles of his escape to freedom. When Frederick was moved to his new masters Mr and Mrs Auld, Mrs. Auld began teaching Frederick ABC’s and how to spell 3-4 lettered words. This was extremely dangerous as mentioned by her husband saying “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell.” “if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master” (Page 29). After Mr. Auld gave his statement to his wife the lessons stopped immediately, and Frederick also hearing this “triggers” him. As Frederick thinks over on what Mr. Auld said to him, “From that moment, I Frederick understood the pathway from slavery to freedom” (Page 29), that is to get educated in a way that also fights and resists against his masters. Even though Frederick wasn’t receiving education anymore from his mistress, Frederick still remained determined to teach or pick up his own lessons himself. When Frederick was out doing errands for Mr. and Mrs. Aulds, Frederick carried a book with him and some bread so he can trade it with some poor white children in exchange of their knowledge of words and spelling. As these lessons from the children became successful, Frederick got hold of book called “The Columbian Orator” which he was now able to read. This book contained arguments about freedom between a slave and a master, with Frederick being able to read, Frederick stated that “The reading of these documents enabled me to utter my thoughts, and to meet the arguments brought forward to sustain slavery” which was crucial because he needs to feel free in his mind by being able to think and know that he is right about the injustice of slavery. With Frederick having the ability to comprehend literature that relieves his state of mind, he also got himself into deeper trouble and pain when he used it to go against his masters. Although this made Frederick struggle some more and cause him to think twice about what education can do to him, he still did not lose sight and the idea of his escape from slavery to the freeland. However, at that point Frederick realized that escape to freedom was not possible yet. So Frederick continued to work on what he considered to be the next crucial thing – an education. At this point of Fredericks life, teaching his fellow slave friends is what Frederick has most desired, which led to creation of what he calls a Sabbath school with 40+ attendees that were risking severe punishment for. The slaves knew the risks but as Frederick said “They came because they wished to learn. Their minds had been starved by their cruel masters”. In this way Fredericks mission was to fill the slaves with the same passion he had for education that would eventually free them from their bondages as Frederick believed. From all this – creation of Sabbath school and the study of his other fellow slaves desires gave Frederick the final power and strength to finally attempt his second escape, that he already tried once before but this time it was successful. Frederick had a difficult life as a slave, but he did find his key to his freedom from bondage, which was education. The moment he got his first “bite” or “taste” of it from Mrs. Auld unexpectedly he knew that was it as soon as Mr. Auld got discomfortable and gave his speech of his feelings about it. At the end of all Fredericks hardships, Education was key.

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