A central message of Douglass's autobiography is the use of ignorance as a tool to trap blacks in their state of enslavement, as well as the necessity of knowledge for slaves to gain freedom. Douglass reveals the slaveowners’ intentions to keep their slaves at an intellectual disadvantage through Mr. Auld’s strong disapproval of Douglass’s learning to read. Mr. Auld states, “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master” (20). This maxim reveals his opposition against any educational advancement of his slaves, since it would result in dissatisfaction and rebellious sentiment in the slaves. He expects his slaves to blindly follow his orders; if slaves have no knowledge of anything other
vary while still marrying together showing great similarities to let us know we have made it but not completely. The fight is not over. This paper relates to Cosby, Poussiant M.D.; doctor of medicine and William’s (2006, 2007) books of research and analysis of the Black community, Come On, People and Enough suggesting all forms of change possible and needed in order to successfully access the issues that influence our lives in a white America.
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