Essay 1 – Fredrick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write”

In Fredrick Douglass’ “Learning to Read and Write”, Douglass describes the harsh realities of slavery and his
journey from illiteracy to literacy. Despite laws put in place to prevent him from learning to read and write,
Douglass risks his life to learn to read and write because he believes it is the key to his freedom. How does
literacy cause Douglass to question the institution of slavery? How does reading change the way Douglass
views slavery and his enslavers?

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