Frederick Douglass, Jose Yglesius, and Frankie Mae were three completely different people. Frederick was an African American and former slave, Jose Yglesias was a poor cigar roller, and Frankie Mae was a young African American girl and the daughter of a slave. Although they were so different they did have something in common. They all wanted to become educated and make something better of themselves but because of oppression and society it was not easy. At some points they felt like it was going to be impossible, one of them even gave up on her dreams.

Frankie Mae was a young girl who’s father forced her to work on the plantation and discouraged all of her dreams. Frankie fought to get an education and worked hard to pursue her dreams. She became discouraged when she realized even with an education people would not give even African Americans with knowledge and education a chance and gave up. She lost hope and let  society and oppression get the best of her. She was no longer interested in school or learning. Unlike Mae, Frederick and Jose did not give up on their dreams.

Frederick and Jose both seemed to be well aware of oppression. Frederick first started to learn to read from his mistress. Once his master found out it was stopped immediately but Frederick did not give up. Instead of letting his oppressor win he fought to learn to read on his own and eventually even learned to write. Jose was determined to learn and he went on strike with many other cigar makers in the factory until they were given the right to listen to lectures again. It was difficult giving up pay during their strike but they did not give in to their oppressor and society they fought with everything they had and won.

These issues can still seen all over the world today. Many people are not able to access the tools and information to help them learn due to where they live of their financial status. Their are ways to try an overcome it. Public schools are free for children and are a place for them to grow and learn. Financial aid can be given to families who have children who want to learn and go to college but can not afford it on their own. The internet is a source of education in many different ways can be accessed in a public library if people can not afford one. But there are still so many people in the world who do not have any of these resources or tools available to them and are unable to be educated because of where they live in the world. As a society we are trying to over come this and help those who do not have the resource to learn by giving them what we can to help. 

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1 comment
  1. This is a very hopeful post. Thanks. I hope your sentence is really true. Too many indicators point to people who still hope to keep some uneducated (Santorum: “President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college, what a snob,” he said. “There are good, decent men and women who work hard every day and put their skills to the test that aren’t taught by some liberal college professor. And trying to indoctrinate them.”)

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