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Frederick Douglass

Author: Frederick Douglass Country: United States
Death Date: 1895-02-20
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"It is perfectly well understood at the south, that to educate a slave is to make him discontented with slavery, and to invest him with a power which shall open to him the treasures of freedom; and since the object of the slaveholder is to maintain complete authority over his slave, his constant vigilance is exercised to prevent everything which militates against, or endangers, the stability of his authority. Education being among the menacing influences, and, perhaps, the most dangerous, is, therefore, the most cautiously guarded against."

Source: Lecture on slavery delivered in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, NY on Sunday evening, December 1st, 1850
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"This is shown by the fact that in every state of the American Union, where slavery exists, except the State of Kentucky, there are laws absolutely prohibitory of education among the slaves. The crime of teaching a slave to read is punishable with severe fines and imprisonment, and, in some instances, with death itself."

Source: Lecture on slavery delivered in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, NY on Sunday evening, December 1st, 1850
Topic: Education Quotes
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"As I writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. It opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out."

Source: Written in his autobiography in 1845- 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' (6th edition), London: H.G. Collins and Paternoster Row (pg 41)
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