My Dearest Virginia,
I anticipate yous be about 10 years old reading this right now. I hopes those scoundrels don’t have you working for thems already this young. Me writes to you in my cold dark cell in the back of the Williamson’s barn. I feeling you kicking in my womb. Today I got beaten when I ask my owner john for more food cuz I know yous been asking me for more food every time you kick me this hard. I must keep you as healthy as john’s horse. Sometimes I be brave enough to sneak into Diamond’s trough and steal his carrots to nurture us. I need you alive and strong to get through the troubles I know your might run into. I don’t know you yet, but I know yous be smart and strong. I write to you to tell you about my life in case mama won’t be here to tells you myself in the future. I write to yous to tell you a lil bit about my good friend Fredrick Douglas. Pay very good attention Virginia. Ims going to tells yous about his life and his breaking away for freedom. I knows he is out there somewhere working to saves you and get rid of slavery. Even if you is free by the time you read this, you will learn how to live your life. What an honor it is to know Fredrick. What an amazing man he is Virginia, you listen close darling and yous learn from your mama.
Fredrick Douglas sure has changes my life. After being owned in St. Michaels and after his master died, Fredrick was relocated to Mr. Covey that worked him in the same plantation that John puts me to work at. Fredrick taughts me all the English I know. When our master weres away, hims and other slaves and I often talked about escaping. I hopes I can be saved by them some day when they ares free. But I could not leave and risk my life and yours, Virginia. Fredrick was caught making plans to escape and was sent to jail. That is the lasts time I hear from him. Fredrick Douglas left his journals behind about his life as a slave. He tolds me when wed be working in the fields together that someday when he be free he would write a book of his life. I know he wills break free, and based off of the little time I knew him and his journals I have readed of his, I know he will make a big difference in our freedom and future, Virginia I just knows it! I’m sure he’s is out there making a difference in our world already.
Douglas has vivid childhood memories of slaves getted beaten, including his aunt Hester for disobeying his orders. In Fredrick’s journal he saided “I was so terrified and horror-stricken at the sight, that I hid myself in a closet and dared not venture out till long after the bloody transaction was over” (46). Im sure this made Douglas very sensitive towards salves. He started to grow more compassion toward the ways they be treated. This is why I knowed that Fredrick is going to be a famous abolitionist some day.
I truly thinks that Douglas disagreement toward false consciousness of slaves shows that he is a determined man that will go far. I know he’ll break free from jail and be independent and work hard for ours too. Frederick completely disagreed with the belief that everythings that us salves do are unacceptable. Douglas has empathy toward slaves and knows we are smart and strongs. Although them northern whites thinks that when we sing on the Great house farm when we work, it means we are showing happy, Fredrick knows that not be true one bit. He know that we sing to relieve our grief and our aching hearts. His expressiveness and complete understanding of whats we be feeling is another reason why I know he wills going to be celebrated someday soon. I reads in one of his later journals when he realized what we be all singing about. And he saided “Those songs still follow me, to deepen my hatred of slavery, and quicken my sympathies for my brethren in bonds” (51).
Evens when Douglas was a slave, that good ol man woked as an abolistionist. I tolds me about his journals before he left and hows he weres going to make his life into an...
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