" Time of Change "
By: E. JOHNS
|The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was a excellent book.The book was written by Frederick Douglass himself. Throughout the book Douglass struggles to understand what he basically was put on this earth for. Then he decided that it was time for a change. He decided to change from being uneducated. With a little help from Mrs. Auld he learned,and the rest was with help from little orphans and self- teaching. The other time of change was when he decided to break from the bonds of slavery. Slaves used to sing of the struggle and sometimes of a wish for change, which was the foundation what is now know as the blues. The Blues would lift the slaves' spirits and make them think other than about the negativity. Douglass saw that without negativity in his mind he could succeed and become a major influnece on the role of the abolishment of slavery.|
" This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave.
It recalled the department of self confidence and inspired me agian with
the determination to be free."
|"My long-crushed spirit rose, cowardice departed bold defiance took its place; and I didn't hesitate to let it be known of me, that the white man who expected to succeed in whipping , must also succeed in killing me. "|
|The blues and other African-American art forms often show their deep African roots in what are known as African Retentions,parts of African traditions that we still find embedded in American and African-American music, art and culture. The blues often show the struggle in what a person goes through. During slavery people often went through numeruos hardships during life. When reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass I'm convinced that slaves invented the blues, cause often they had a lot to fell sad about. These are two lyrics from blues songs that have something to do with the theme of this webpage:|
|"Get Up Off Your Knees"
by: Clarence Williams
"Said she, "I'm thru, I'm really sick of you
Get out, stay out, and be on your way"
Well he dropped down on his knees
Cried "oh, please",
But this is all she had to say"
|" There'll Be Some Changes Made"
by: Clarence Williams
"Why there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea
So from now on there'll be a change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothing about me's goin' be the same
I'm gonna change my long tall one for a little short fat
I'm gonna change my number where I'm livin' at
Because nobody wants you when you're old and gray
There'll be some changes made today
There'll be some changes made"