The Power of One & Many More

Frederick Douglass, Frankie Mae and Jose Yglesius had many struggles in their lives. Frederick Douglas was a slave, Frankie Mae was a African American that was discriminated by others and Jose Yglesius who was a hard working cigar maker. They were all hard workers for what they wanted to achieve.

In Douglas’ story he was a slave that lived in Baltimore his owner was Mr. & Mrs. Hugh. His wife had tried to teach Douglas at a young age to learn the English alphabet. Once Mr.Hugh heard as to what she was doing he was in great disappointment and rejected the idea of her teaching Douglas the slave to read and write for his own sake. Douglas realized what he can do if he can read and argued that. He kept thinking that if it was possible he would be able to get rid of his slavery life style. Even though he wasn’t allowed to read he made it possible to do so on his free time.

For Frankie Mae, she was a cheerful girl. She enjoyed going to school and learning her numbers.She even ended up proving her owner wrong with the knowledge she learned in school. But her owner still put her down and made her believe she was nothing and wrong. She had many children at a young age and still went to school until she died giving birth to her 5th child. She was still being inspired by knowledge even though she was treated the way she was as a discriminated slave.

Finally for Jose Yglesius, this happened during the Great Depression. The cigar makers were getting paid to little for the amount of work they put in to make the cigars for people. During the Great Depression many workers went on strike. The strike called ‘Huelga de los lectores’ lasted for about 3 months. The workers than went back to work because they realized that they all need the money or else everything in their lives will go even worse than it already is especially because they couldn’t change anything for the money they were getting.

So in the end as you have read every main character had realized they can achieve a goal in their lives if they learned to do something. Just like the students and citizens of New York CIty and others from all over the country that stayed out in the cold weather last year fighting for jobs and the money people need to get. People did this because they/we had realize that we needed more for what we were giving. These people were giving NYC a bad name and when the media realized they can do something more as in using the people they just did so. (As shown here) But we proved what we were trying to say to the world just like these people from the stories did even though it wasn’t as enough.

1 comment
  1. Remember, Frankie Mae was treated as if she were a slave, but in reality, she and her family were sharecroppers. How might you compare her plight to those in feudal times in Europe? Once evicted from the land that supported their very existence, they had few options, and were hardly “free” to live a full and educated life under the suppression of the wealthy Catholic landowners. Those in power were the ones who controlled ‘the word.”

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