Fredrick Douglass Paper

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Wes Sisson
RWS 100
September 30, 2013
Intelligence vs. Injustice
“Fredrick Douglass” by Lee Jacobus describes Douglass as a slave who was able to find justice for himself. Jacobus identifies Douglass as a well-educated slave that was able to have a big influence on past government. Jacobus claims throughout the essay that Douglass became aware of slaves being treated unjustly, and eventually became a proud promoter of justice to his people. He supports this claim by showing his subject’s ethos through evidence of Douglass being different than all other slaves in the fact of knowing the injustice of slavery. Douglass was a trusted individual, being the most educated slave of his time. Jacobus gives Douglass full support through his explanation of slave education and the relationship between the government and justice.
Fredrick Douglass was perhaps the first slave that was educated, and furthermore, extended his studies to dig deeper into the injustice of slavery. Douglass was taught by his mistress, Mrs. Auld, the basics of reading. Her husband accepted nothing of the sort, and made sure that neither his wife nor Fredrick would think to engage in lessons again. “Though conscious of the difficulty of learning without a teacher, I set out with high hope, and a fixed purpose, at whatever cost of trouble, to learn how to read. The very decided manner with which he spoke, and strove to impress his wife with the evil consequences of giving me instruction, served to convince me that he was deeply sensible of the truths he was uttering.”   (Jacobus
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160,161) Douglass was made curious by his master, and didn’t like the fact that Mr. Auld would do anything to stop him. The author’s support was effective in showing the determination needed for a slave of the time to even begin to think about education. Douglass eventually used this determination to find new educators in the little white boys on the street. “As many of these as I could, I...