My Bondage and my Freedom
My bondage and my freedom written by Fredrick Douglas was his second autobiography.
His grandmother was his life, but when he was seven years old she took him to live on a plantation of Colonel Edward Lloyd. Which separated him from his family, brothers and sisters? “Being a slave made them strangers.” Pg(48) he wrote that he was told that his master was his “father”. When he describes his younger years on the plantation his mother died and his aunt ester was whipped. When he was a bit older he lived in Baltimore he had a new master Hugh Auld who was a ship carpenter. Fredrick says that he was treated like a pig on the plantation. His master’s wife was teaching him how to read and when his master found out he wanted it stopped immediately. He thought that slaves should know nothing.In the chapters 13-20 at the age of 15 is when he fially escapes freedom. "One trouble over, and on comes another," Douglass says "The slave's life is full of uncertainty" (pg 170 his particular period of uncertainty begins with the death of Captain Anthony, who, Douglass notes, had remained his master "in fact, and in law," though he had become "in form the slave of Master Hugh. Captain Anthony's death necessitates a division of his human "property," and soon afterwards, Hugh Auld sends Douglass to work at his brother Thomas’s plantation ). When Master Thomas finds that severe whippings do not cause "any visible improvement in [Douglass'] character," he hires the young slave out to Edward Covey, who is reputed to be "a first rate hand at breaking young negroes" (pg 203).. The oxen run away, and Covey punishes Douglass harshly. But Douglass does not intend to be broken either, and his year with Covey culminates in a violent fistfight with the overseer. In 1835, Douglass leaves Covey to work for William Freeland, "a well-bred southern gentleman," noting that "he was the best master I ever had, until I became my own master" (pgs...
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