Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

ch 7

wht was the significance of the orlando gater?

what entires had the greatest affect on douglass?

how do douglasss efforts to learn to read and write affect you as a reader?

how does the reader feel about him?

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"orlando gater"??

olumbian orater !!! haha my bad.


He was now twelve and began to chafe under the thought that he would be a slave for life. It was about this time that he got hold of the Columbian Orator, a book that dealt with the relationship of master and slave and demonstrated how slavery made no rational sense. In this book existed a speech by Sheridan on behalf of Catholic emancipation, which was a "bold denunciation of slavery, and a powerful vindication of human rights."

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.

Douglass's efforts were inspiring. So many children in ideal situations do not understand the power of education yet this slave-boy did. I really don't think I'd be half the man this guy became.