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Douglass acknowledges that he withholds the names of the white boys who helped him learn to read out of respect for them, recognizing that revealing their identities was considered a grave transgression during his time. However, he also notes that by refusing to name them, he is indirectly supporting the practice of subjugating African Americans by denying them credit for their intellectual and educational achievements. Later, when he reads Sheridan's speech in "The Columbian Orator," he realize

In his narrative, Douglass expresses that he refrains from disclosing the identities of the white individuals who assisted him in learning to read, deeming it a significant transgression. He further a


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Question: Answer the following in paragraph form. You must analyze , use evidence, and explain. Make sure to answer all parts of the question. Also make it one paragraph In the first paragraph, Douglass writes that he does not want to reveal the names of the white boys who taught him to read, because "it is an almost unpardonable offense." What personal comment does Douglass add to this statement? What does he later come to realize when he reads one of Sheridan's speeches in "The Columbian Orator" and what distinctions does he make between these ideas?

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In the first paragraph, Douglass shields the identities of the white boys who taught him to read to protect them from societal repercussions due to the social transgression of educating a slave, an act he refers to as "an almost unpardonable offense". The personal comment he adds indicates that he understands the perils of his tutors' actions, expressing gratitude for their risks, while simultaneously lamenting the oppressive system that criminalizes such fundamental human empathy and mutual enlightenment. He further emphasizes the bitter irony of these laws that work against the sanctity and dignity of human intelligence. Later, when Douglass encounters Sheridan's speech in "The Columbian Orator," he realizes the power that literacy and knowledge grant to individuals. The speech inspires him and opens his eyes to the harsh realities of slavery and the importance of human rights. Douglass distinguishes the act of learning to read from its broader implications for enslaved individuals: while the former may be an ostensibly simple skill, its impact transcends its simplicity, representing a vital tool for mental liberation and an important step towards physical freedom. This makes him realize that his learning to read, although deemed an offense by the society, was essentially his first step to emancipation.

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March 20, 2024, 9:33 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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