Slavery and education are incompatible in Kindred because as slaves become educated they gain the tools necessary to free themselves. The ability to read and write gives slaves the ability to write themselves passes and escape their enslavement. As such, the enslaved valued education greatly, even more so than their free counterparts because it was such a valuable tool for the enslaved to become free. In contrast to the ability to read, the books themselves could not offer a true depiction of the experience of slavery. They could not explain why so many slaves accepted their situation, or talk about the kind of bravery that is truly required to allow oneself to be owned.