The Narrative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

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The Narative Of The Life Of Fredrick Douglass

In the book The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass, He gives us facts about the hardship’s he faced as a slave in the 1800’s. He was born a slave because his mother was a Negro slave. As he grew up he was sold to many masters and very mistreated, just like many of the other slaves. There were two different slave systems. Some of them were considered urban slavery and others were rural slavery. In that part of history for the people of color to receive an education was not allowed. It was prohibited by most of the slave owners because it would not be useful for the slaves and the masters didn’t want an “educated slave”. “Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world… if you teach that nigger
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Douglass happily gets ready for the move and is given his first pair of pants. Douglass has a found remembrance of Sophia Auld. A slave has a better life in an urban plantation; since it is a similar life to a freeman. Living in the city was much different for slaves. They wore clothing, ate better meals, and the abuse was different. Being an abusive slaveholder was looked down upon by other slave keepers. At the age of 7 or 8 he recalls his young master Anthony approving for him to move to Baltimore, Marylyn. There he lived with Mr. Hugh Auld, his wife and son. He describes those to be the happier days of his childhood, being kept clean. This was very different then the life he lived in on the rural slavery plantation. Douglass started to learn to read and right, from Sofia Auld. He said that, “Her face made of heavenly smiles, and her voice of tranquil music.”(3) Mr. Auld did not approve of his wife teaching Douglass. He felt it was not a good idea for Douglass to learn, it would be unbeneficial for him and it was unsafe for his wife to be known by others in their town for educating slaves. Mrs. Auld had to change her actions when working together with the slaves from a caring and warm women to a very rude and violent person to them. Douglass decided that he was not going to stop trying to learn reading and writing skills. Education was a big interest to him, so he never stopped searching for information in other places. He learned how to write from some “white kids”. He met these boys in the streets and he would exchange education for bread he received from his master’s house. He also took advantage of being left home alone to clean the house. The son Thomas’s old school books would be laying around and Douglas would fill in the blank spaces when there was no answer. Douglass taught himself with hard work and drive to write the entire

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