Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass

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How can we comment on the primary arguments in the first chapter of this book?

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Douglass brings out some of the most basic thematic elements in the first chapter.  The fact that he struggles to determine how old he is represents the idea that the slaveowner holds power over the slave in the denial of his most base components of identity. This is also seen in how Douglass remembers little of his mother. Douglass sets out to show slavery as a dehumanizing experience.  It is one that Douglass believes is predicated on the...

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