frederick douglass


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  • Mrs. Auld was Frederick Douglass' new owner. Mrs. Auld had never owned slaves before. She was described as entirely unlike any other white woman Frederick Douglass had ever seen. 
  • She had the kindest heart and the finest feelings. Her face was described to be made of heavenly smiles and her voice of tranquil music. 
  • Very soon after the first day with Mrs. Auld, Mrs. Auld began teaching Frederick Douglass how to read. She taught him his alphabet. 
  • Mrs. Auld was a trade weaver. Since, she had never owned slaves before she was sweet and kind. Frederick Douglass said that the meanest slave was put at ease in her presence. 
  • Mr. Auld forbade Mrs. Auld to teach Frederick Douglass any more. He said that it was unsafe and illegal. Because back then it was illegal to teach a slave how to read .
  • Frederick Douglass  said that she treated her slaves like one ought to treat another. She was made of an angelic face and a voice of sweet accord. 
  • Those words made Frederick Douglass wonder why couldn't he learn how to read? What was the problem with teaching slaves to read? 
  • She taught him four letter to three letter words.  Once Mr. Auld found out that Mrs. Auld was teaching Frederick Douglass how to read he was not happy.
  • Mrs. Auld however, turned into a true slave owner.  Frederick Douglass Douglass described her as a demon. Her voice which was once sweet turned into a horrid discord.
  • He said that it was unfit to teach a slave how to read. He said that Frederick Douglass would never be happy. He would become unmanageable. 
  • He wondered about it and the more he wondered the more he understood. He would learn to read no matter the cost. Frederick Douglass learned that learning to read was a prize he wanted. It would lead him closer to freedom. 
  •  She became red with rage. She was determined to be a better slave holder than her husband. Her heart became stone and she had a tiger like disposition.
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