Frederick Douglass “Learning to read and write”



Frederick Douglass, ca. 1879.

Frederick Douglass shared how he learned to read and write in this article. He was a slave in Master Hugh’s and his mistress had kindly taught him at the beginning. However, she stopped to teach FD no later, but also against FD to accept the teachings of others. So, Frederick Douglass plan to ask the white children on the street and successfully learned to read. When Frederick Douglass was 12 years old, he read a book called ‘the Columbian Orator’ which was made he wanted to be freedom at first time. Frederick Douglass decided to learn to write after the escape, and he succeeded to learn write through plans.

“I often have made regret of my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed.” Frederick Douglass wants to be free, and he has started working on it. For Frederick Douglass, freedom is the driving force of his life. In order to be free, he used all he could do to learn to read and write. Frederick Douglass changed his fate by learning. The author gave us his own experience, and for me it was a challenge to discover the author’s thoughts exchange from these experiences.  I can’t understand the meaning of some words. And I find I am hard to understand the way FD learns. In my study life, my parents taught me to read and write at beginning, and then I had read teacher and write teacher in school. Learning to read and write  is something that happens at any time to me. And I do not need to deliberately to remember it. Even in such a difficult time, Frederick Douglass did not give up reading and writing. I was shocked by the spirit of learning and writing when I first read this article. After I read this article, I think we should work harder in this environment of free learning.


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