Frederick was a slave and was sent to Baltimore when he was young. Douglass was treated very kindly at first by the mistress. Frederick Douglass was a slave in the 1800s and worked on a farm in Maryland when he was young. He was soon sent to live with Mr. Auld and Mrs. Auld in Baltimore City. When he was sent to live with the Aulds Douglass couldn’t read at all. While staying with the city Douglass was treated very kindly at first by Mrs. Auld. She first started to teach him the ABC’s. Frederick Douglass loved learning, but one day Mr. Auld found out about his learning. Mr. Auld was furious about this happening.
Mr. Auld put an immediate stop to his education. Now Mrs. Auld’s kindness vanished after her husband’s words. Frederick Douglass traded bread for knowledge with the boys in the street. He put a stop to it at once. Mr. Auld exclaimed “ Put a stop to this at once, you think if you teach a slave to read he will be fit to be a slave anymore?” Mrs. Auld put a stop to the lessons immediately. Very soon after Mrs. Auld ceased Douglass’ instruction she became more harsh in nature. She would always tell Douglass to “ FREDERICK MOVE FASTER’’ or “FREDERICK STOP BEING LAZY”. A few weeks later, Frederick Douglass went outside and found some white children playing. Knowing these children were poor and usually hungry, he traded bread with them for the books they had. The boys taught Frederick how to read from their school books. Douglass continued to trade his bread with the boys until he could fully understood how to read.
Frederick kept on trading and fully learned how to read this way. Frederick Douglass used exceptional creativity skills if an effort to learn to read. Frederick continued to trade his bread with the boys until he could fully understood how to read. Frederick was very determined to get somewhat of an education and learn to read. He used the options around him to make the best of his situation.