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The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

Imagine what it's like to be a young boy born into slavery and your parents have forsaken your life and you have no speck of knowledge. What do you? Where do you go? Your life is a struggle of social injustice. As Fredrick would say; “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

Frederick Douglass was born a slave on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1818.Frederick Douglass hardly knew his mother because he was a slave and he even knew less about his father . While he was growing up as a slave his master would starve him to the point in order to survive he would have to fight for scraps of food such as bones and meat fat. This began Fredericks' life as a slave. He suffered all the deprivations of his fellow slaves; constant hunger, sleeping on the ground, and barefoot, dressed only in a long shirt.

When he was about eight he was sent to Baltimore to live as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld. It was shortly after his arrival that his new master taught him the alphabet. Her husband forbade her to continue her lessons, because it was unlawful to teach slaves how to read, so Frederick took it upon himself to learn. He made the neighborhood boys his teachers, by giving away his food in exchange for lessons in reading and writing. Fredrick Douglass quoted; "I took advantage of the knowledge of the alphabet Miss Sophia gave me and I went to my neighborhood friends, and with their help I learned how to read."

At about the age of fifteen, Douglass started working in the fields, and experienced most of the horrifying conditions that the slaves did.  He was hired out to a farm run by a brutal "slavebreaker" named Edward Covey. And the treatment he received was brutal. Fredrick was whipped daily and barely fed, Douglass was “broken in body, soul, and spirit”. On January 1, 1836, Douglass planned an escape. But in April he was jailed after his plan was discovered. In the year of 1838 Douglass escapes from slavery and goes to...
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