Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

What prediction did Douglass’ owner make about what would happen if he learned to read? Did it come true? Why or why not?

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What became clear to Douglass was that his master was right – learning did make slaves intractable and unmanageable. He came to perceive slaveholders as no more than "a band of successful robbers" who had gone to Africa and stolen them from their homes. He felt discontentment surge through him and often wondered if learning to read had been more of a curse than a blessing. His enslavement tormented him unceasingly.