Essay on Frederick Douglas 's Life Of His Life

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Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, better known as Frederick Douglas, was born between the year 1817 and 1818. He was separated from his mother soon after birth. He grew up into slavery and it was all he knew. Since he was too young for field work, he served as a house servant. That was probably a blessing in disguise for him. This is where he witnessed some of the worse parts of slavery. One of the turning points in his life was being sent to Baltimore.” Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity” (Douglas). Evidence by the quote, this is where he would learn one of the biggest lessons of his life. The first couple days in Baltimore his Master’s wife had begun teaching Frederick his ABCs. That progressed to him being taught to spell words of three and four letters. His master found out and was highly upset with his wife. He said “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master—to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now," said he, "if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy” (Douglas). From that point on Frederick knew that the difference from being a slave…

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