The Bondage Of The Mind Essay

2110 Words Jul 27th, 2016 null Page
There is a correlation between the ‘bondage of the mind’ and the ‘bondage of the body’ in regards to slavery. Therefore, slavery and education were incompatible with each other (p. 22). Slave owners felt it was imperative to shield slaves from having an ethical and intellectual vision. Therefore, destroying the power of reason, starving their minds, and causing slaves not to perceive the inconsistencies in slavery. Slave owners feared that if their slaves learned to read or write, they would feel liberated mentally, in turn causing them to yearn and aspire to be freed physically. Mr. Auld alleged that learning would spoil the best black man in the world and that if you taught him how to read than there would be no keeping him (p.20). Frederick Douglass said, “the slave must be made to feel that slavery is right” (p.58). The slave owners must also be made to feel that slavery is right. For example, they had to create arguments and justifications why slavery and the treatment of slaves were valid and natural. The North and South had different views on slavery, which is evident in the ways slaves were treated in both regions. In the North, such as Baltimore, slaves had more privileges, and were better fed and clothed than the slaves in the south. Even at this time, people’s opinions mattered to slave owners in the city because they did not want their non-slave owning neighbors to see them as cruel or unusual. On the plantation, the slave owners could get away with…

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