A slave all his life, Frederick Douglass had to work all day in the fields or complete other gruelling tasks, depending on what his master ordered. Slaves were treated like property to be used however their owner liked. Frederick had been born in the 1800s as a slave in Maryland. He was separated from his mother not long after. He grew up not knowing his birthday and was constantly moving to new homes. Then, one day he was chosen out of all the other slave children to go work for the Auld’s. “Thump!” Frederick shifted positions as the cart hit another rut. He wasn’t able to get very comfortable before the next bump sent him nearly flying onto the road. It seemed as if he was travelling to the end of the world, when in reality he was just going to the port city of Baltimore.
A sudden jerk of the cart interrupted Frederick from his thoughts. He looked up and his eyes went as wide as saucers. He had finally arrived! The city was filled with people going about their business, and many vendors were hawking their wares. Baltimore was bursting with activity and Frederick struggled to take in everything at the same time. The air was thick with the smell of the sea, and Frederick spotted a ship’s mast stretching towards the sky. He was beginning to feel hopeful about this next part in his life, believing that nothing he faced could be worse than what he had already been through. As the Auld’s house came closer, Frederick began to worry, "What if my new owners are crueler than those I have seen before?"
At last, Frederick reached the house and waited anxiously to meet them. As the door slowly opened, Frederick got his first glimpse of the Auld family. Mr. Auld seem very self possessed and sure of himself. While Mrs. Auld had a face like a cherub and one of the warmest smile he had ever seen. Their young son, Thomas, was shyly hiding behind his mother and father. Frederick soon found out that his earlier assumption had been true. Mrs. Auld was extremely friendly and welcomed him into her home. She had never owned a slave before, and treated Frederick like she would a free man. This kindness was new to Frederick and at first, he didn’t know how to react. Eventually he became accustomed to it and started looking forward to his time spent with her.