Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Due to his master's explanation of why his mistress shouldn't teach him, a slave, to read, Douglass realizes exactly where white society gets its power to enslave black society. That is "...education and slavery were incompatible...aE (3 6). Upon the heels of this revelation is a second: the pathway from slavery to freedom lies in learning to read (3). The basic injustice of keeping an entire race in mental ignorance for the soul purpose of exploiting them as a work force is one of Douglass' main criticisms.



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