Sunday, March 3, 2019

Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slaveNarrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave by Ferederick douglass
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knowing that slavery is wrong, and reading a first hand account of it are two very different things. This is the first time I've read what slavery was like in the first person and at times my eyes became misty just picturing the utter horror of what Fred went through. The fact that this was going on not even 170 years ago, as a totally normal and accepted thing... Well it certainly explains how racism has been passed down through generations, this kind of thing doesn't just go away because the practice of chattel slavery stops. Right after the civil war, the klan appeared all over the south to persecute recently freed slaves and in many cases the klan members were a part of the local police! This is the history of the southern states and as a person who has grown up and live in a southern state, I'm disgusted and appalled that humans treated their fellow human this way. If you ever hear someone say that slavery was just 170 years ago and it has no bearing on present day life, have them read this book.

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