In Nantucket, Massachusetts, he spoke for the first time about his slave experiences before a white audience. Before that, he had told his story only to black gatherings. So impressive was his account that he was hired as a full-time antislavery lecturer by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
From hearsay, he estimates that he was born around and that his father was probably his first white master, Captain Anthony. Children of mixed-race parentage are always classified as slaves, Douglass says, and this class of mulattos is increasing rapidly. Douglass implies that these mulatto slaves are, for the most part, the result of white masters raping black slaves.
Plummer, as well as the story of Aunt Hester, who was brutally whipped by Captain Anthony because she fancied another slave.
Captain Anthony apparently wanted her for himself exclusively. Analysis From the very beginning of his Narrative, Douglass shocks and horrifies his readers. Not only does he vividly detail the physical cruelties inflicted on slaves, but he also presents a frank discussion about sex between white male owners and female slaves.
Like other autobiographers of his time, Douglass chooses to begin his story by telling when and where he was born. However, this is impossible, he says, because slave owners keep slaves ignorant about their age and parentage in order to strip them of their identities.
Douglass is also implying that this ploy is also a refusal by white owners to acknowledge their carnal natures.
Slaves are thus reduced to the level of animals: The separation of mother and child is another way slave owners control their slaves, preventing slave children from developing familial bonds, loyalty to another slave, and a knowledge of heritage and identity.
He immediately tackles an uncomfortable topic for the readers of his and our times — the rape of black women by white men with power.
According to Douglass, the children of white masters and female slaves generally receive the worst treatment of all, and the master is frequently compelled to sell his mulatto children "out of deference to the feelings of his white wife.
With a single bold stroke, Douglass deconstructs one of the myths of slavery. In the nineteenth century, Southerners believed that God cursed Ham, the son of Noah, by turning his skin black and his descendants into slaves. For Southerners, therefore, the descendants of Ham were predestined by the scriptures to be slaves.
However, Douglass asks, if only blacks are "scripturally enslaved," why should mixed-race children be also destined for slavery? Beneath his bitterness is a belief that time is on his side; the natural laws of population expansion will allow his people to prevail. Douglass concludes this chapter by devoting a long section to childhood memories, to the first time he witnessed a slave being beaten.
Later, the extended description of the cruelty inflicted on Aunt Hester foreshadows the kind of brutality to come:The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, including a preface by William Lloyd Garrison and a letter from Wendell Phillips, was published in Its success was immediate.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was published in , less than seven years after Douglass escaped from slavery. The book was .
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