Douglass and Resilience — Ludovic


“The more I read, the more I was led to abhor and detest my enslavers. I could regard them in no other light than a band of successful robbers, who had left their homes, and gone to Africa, and stolen us from our homes, and in a strange land reduced us to slavery. I loathed them as being the meanest  as well as the most wicked of men. As I read and contemplated the subject, behold that very discontentment which Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish” (Ph. 6 Lines. 11- 16). The more Frederick Douglas learned about his relatives’ history and the origins of slavery, the more he despised slave owners. Documents described foreigners, later known as slave owners, abducting liberated Africans from their continent and later declaring them slaves, leading to the understanding of Master Hugh’s theory. This passage of Douglas’ autobiography is essential to understand  since it connects to the Mistress ideological theory in paragraph 2, “Nothing seemed to make her more angry than to see me with a newspaper. She seemed to think that here lay the danger” (Lines 15-16). Conceivably, the Mistress was concerned that slaves would be able to rebel for emancipation if they were given access to large amounts of knowledge.


Last year in college, I was terrified of public speaking. Not because of the teacher or how the class was conducted, but because of the fear of speaking in front of an audience feeling that my speech wouldn’t be delivered properly as I expected. Conventionally, students were expected to deliver a speech to the class once a week, ranging in length from 8 to 20 minutes long. I can still remember my heart racing and feeling like it was going to burst out of my chest before I delivered my speech. In addition,  I purposely skipped the final exam on the day of the exam, causing me to repeat the class this year.

However this year I’m taking the class more seriously.  I listen closely to my new professor’s advice on how to become a better orator; after all, the class is important to my academic records, and I don’t want to fail again. Every three days before my official speech, I would rehearse my exact words and try to repeat them in my head numerous times in order to memorize them like . When it came time to deliver a speech, as expected I wouldn’t remember the full sentence by head, but for the first time throughout a speech, I found tranquility. Overall, I learned not to be arrogant and that preparation is a useful tool when confronted with fear.

3 thoughts on “Douglass and Resilience — Ludovic”

  1. I totally understand you speaking in front of everyone is one of my biggest fears! especially that you mention that your speech wouldn’t be delivered properly as you expected. And i will for sure use your strategy in rehearse lines three days before the day.


    I love your story about feeling tranqulity and finally achieving that feeling in a speech!

    This reminds me of performing. I am studying piano and I have to perform in student recitals (yes I am a student too!)….When I used to get up on stage, my heart was racing and I couldn’t concentrate on my fingers. I was sometimes shaking. Now after getting up on stage many many times, I am able to play with more calmness, yes with some tranquilty. BUT of course not always. I also find that best way to be calm on stage is to have PRACTICED and in this class that would translate to DO THE HW and DO IT WELL!

    Good Part A, but please look at my example of how to do this type of HW activity. It’s in Announcements.

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