Douglass learns to read

Douglass learns to read

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  • Frederick Douglass grew up without a father,and Douglass and his mom were separated when he was just a baby.Not only that Douglass has no knowledge of his age. Douglass which was 9 years old arrived in Baltimore where he would be staying for awhile as a slave.Baltimore at the time was full of ships that had sheep and churches and schools.When Douglass arrived at the Aulds home he was greeted and went inside with Mrs Auld where she gave him a book and asked if he knew how to read,he didn't.Mrs Auld then proceeded to teach him the ABC’s.They did that for a few days,and Douglass was a great learner.
  • After a few days of being taught Mr Auld caught them.Mr Auld then pulled Mrs Auld to the side and told her “It is unlawful to teach Douglass to read, he won't be happy here anymore with his knowledge and will start to want freedom”.Then Mrs Auld gathered up the books like Mr Auld said to do. Douglass overheard them and begin to think.He was thinking if I read I could be free,when Mr Auld told him to stop that just made him a lot more determined to learn to read.Later that week he was told to go to the grocery store in the city.As he was walking down the back alley to the grocery store he saw a white boy his age playing by himself.Hs then saw the boy has a school book by his side and got an idea.He went over and talked to him.The boy said he couldn't go home until dinner so Douglass offereds his bread to him for his school book and to be taught.After that Douglass would meet with white boys all over he would give them lots of food because that's all he had and they would help him learn to read.Doing that got him very far he learned out to read and write not only that but he was excellent at it to.
  • In the end, Douglass fought so many times to get out of slavery,and he did! Today he is a world renowned speaker.Douglass never gave up through all of his many challenges.Douglass never even knew the ABC’s and now he wrote a huge book about his life and his story in slavery.Douglass never stopped believing he could get out of slavery and he never gave up.If anything, Douglass was just more determined to get out of slavery when he was told there was no way.
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