Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1817, in Tuckahoe, Maryland. " I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing". He was born on Holmes Hill Farm, near the town of Easton, Maryland. Harriet Baily was Frederick's mother. She worked the cornfields surrounding Holmes Hill. As a boy, he knew little of his father except that the man was white. As a child, he had heard rumors that the master, Aaron Anthony was his father. Frederick's mother was required to work long hours in the fields, so he lived with his grandmother, Betsey Baily. Betsy Baily lived in a cabin a short distance from Holmes Hill Farm. Her job was to look after Harriet's children until they were old enough to work. Frederick's mother visited him when she could, but he had only a little known of her, so little that when " I received the tidings of her death with much emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger". He did not think he was a slave during the years with his grandmother. When Frederick was six he was put to work on the Lloyd Plantation. This was the last time that he saw his grandmother and realized that he was now a slave. He learned that the master, Aaron Anthony, would beat his slaves if they did not obey his order.
Fortunately for Frederic he was Daniel Lloyd's friend, the youngest son of the plantation's owner. Frederick also was a friend of Lucretia Auld, the master's daughter. One day in 1826 Lucretia told... [continues]
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