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The gates of slavery

The entrance to the hell of slavery through which I was about to pass was a blood-stained gate.  It was all new to me. I had seen nothing like it before. I was doomed to be a witness and participant. They seemed to take pleasure in manifesting their fiendish barbarity, enjoying the luxury of whipping the servants when they pleased. When they spoke, a slave must stand, listen, and tremble; and such was literally the case.. To kill a slave in Maryland was not treated as a crime.They used to boast of the commission of the awful and bloody deed.

Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity. My days before my departure were spent preparing; they were the happiest days I ever enjoyed. Living in Baltimore I saw what I had never seen before. I first met my mistress at the door,- a woman with the kindest heart; a white face beaming with the most kindly emotion. I  I worked for the first time with hope of reward. As I learned to read and I began to understand the pathway from slavery to freedom. I owe just as much to the bitter oppression of my master, as to the kindly aid of my mistress. As I succeeded in learning to read and write slavery began to bear a heavy burden on my heart. I suffered more than most of my fellow slaves, for i had begin to know what they knew nothing of.

How i escaped death, I do not know.

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Posted by on October 6, 2015 in Douglass poem



Erasmus Darwin

Erasmus Darwin was born in 1731


Known as a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor and poet.

He was a key figure in what is called the Midlands (England) Enlightenment.

Erasmus started a group called the Lunar Society of Birmingham that served as the core of the movement. Through this society, Erasmus formed a lifelong friendship with Benjamin Franklin, because they shared their support of the American and French Revolutions. The Lunar Society was the intellectual force that drove England to their Industrial Revolution.

His most important scientific work, Zoonomia, which contained a foreshadowing of the modern theory of Evolution along with several other scientific theories that Erasmus could not prove. Possibly influencing his grandson, Charles Darwin, as Charles read and commented on his works.

Had a view that states that one specific kind of living filament is and has been the cause of all organic life as he states in this passage

“Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament, which THE GREAT FIRST CAUSE endued with animality, with the power of acquiring new parts, attended with new propensities, directed by irritations, sensations, volitions, and associations; and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end!”

Big supporter of Education of Women. Darwin regretted that women in Britain were not able to get a good education. Helped establish the first school for girls that focused on educating the women of the middle class.

Was also involved in the Derby Philosophical Society, that experimented with the use of air and gasses to alleviate infections and cancers in patients. He helped form a Pneumatic Institution to test theses ideas.

These tests were mentioned by Mary Shelly in her introduction of Frankenstein, that served as possible inspiration for the novel.

Chip Off the Old Block? Meet Charles Darwin’s Grandpa, Erasmus


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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in Frankenstein





-The attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly.

-The quality or fact of representing a person, thing, or situation accurately or in a way that is true to life.


To balance Optimism and Realism is looked at by many as the best approach to any problem.

——It makes one think of the facts and realistic possibilities while also being open to looking for new solutions and hoping for the best.

Optimism and pessimism are opposites of realism.

Optimism- Hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something.

Pessimism-a tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen; a lack of hope or confidence in the future.

A realist is a person who tends to view or represent things as they really are.

Realism can be found in many different field:

Politics- Views the facts of all situations,

Art- paintings and sculptures depicting real life situations and models.

Diplomacy- the view that all countries only have their own states interests in mind when dealing with other countries.

War- no glorification of war, but only the reality of death and destruction

Literature- published work that focuses strictly on facts

[example of both war and literature]

Music- lyrics to songs describe realistic views on problems.

Etc (you get the point)

Satire is people as they are;

romanticism,people as they would like to be;

realism, people as they seem with their insides left out.



Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized