Question: English & Literature

why does douglass have no knowledge of his birth date?

In English & Literature | Asked by mannymugga
Asked from the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave study pack

Frederick Douglass was born a slave. Records of slave births, if kept, were not usually specific. Frederick Douglass did not have knowledge of his birth date because he was never told what day he was born. Slaves did not celebrate birthdays. It was common for slaves not to know how old they were and many couldn't even count. One way that masters kept control of their slaves was by keeping them ignorant; this is a tiny example of that.

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