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Imagine yourself at the mercy of another human being You are dependent upon this person for food and shelter This person controls your life in every way possible You are told when to wake up what to do how to do it and when to stop doing it If you do not cooperate you will be beaten severely and possibly killed Imagine a society of people that live like this How would human character be affected by this power How would religion be influenced by this institution How would family life be affected by these activities I will attempt to answer these three questions in the following essay Fredrick Douglas was born in Maryland he does not know the date of his birth as did most slaves He never really had a chance to know his mother only having seen her four or five times Fredrick taught himself how to read and write despite it being against his slave-owners wishes He could not let knowledge be known to anyone except for other slaves Fredrick saw his knowledge of words both as a blessing and a curse In words of John Cotton Let all the world learn to give mortal men no greater power than they are content they shall use---for use it they will Limitations of Government 1655 This statement is proven true in the institution of slavery White men were given supreme power over their black slaves and it corrupted their character Otherwise noble men were forced to be torturous towards their slaves in order to keep them in line As Douglas recalls an incident where a slave named Demby was being whipped by a Mr Gore After receiving his lashes Demby proceeded to run into the river not to escape but to relieve the pain Mr Gore gave Demby to the count of three to come out of the river When Demby did not comply he was shot dead It is my belief
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