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Frederick Douglass and Howard Zinn illustrate the horrific violencethat occurs towards slaves and African Americans in Narrative of the Lifeof Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Drawing the Color Line byHoward Zinn There is so much inherent evil happening in these stories thatit is hard to understand how such a cruel and horrible thing can happen inthe not too distant past In Narrative of the Life readers get a glimpseinto the horror that came along with living on plantations as a slave InDrawing the Color Line Zinn describes the history of American racism andhow America took the cruelty of slavery to the next level The relentlessracial violence towards African Americans and slaves in the pre-civil warperiod is exemplified through the emotional and physical violence on theplantations the unpunished murders and the general diabolical racialviolence towards African Americans The violence on the plantations is some of the best exemplifiedviolence throughout Narrative of the Life All of Douglasss encounterswith Covey a notorious slave breaker shows just how much violence bothemotional and physical these slaves had to abjure on a daily basisCoveys specialty was slave breaking meaning that when slaves were beingdisorderly they were sent to Covey to be punished and broken downemotionally This was the slave owners solution to slaves acting outwhether it was through attempted escape or trying to learn Douglass wasstrong and persistent but even the strongest slaves were broken down byCoveys constant whippings and beatings Douglass describes how Mynatural elasticity was crushed my intellect languished the disposition toread departed the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died the darknight of slavery closed in upon me and behold a man transformed into abrute Douglass 105 Douglass had lost all that made him the man hewas He no longer felt the need to learn or to escape All he had to timeto do was work sleep and recover from his injuries This
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