Frederick Douglass was born into slavery which caused him to work at a very young age. He was moved from owner to owner throughout his life. Frederick did not have a family, and didn’t meet his father unlike the white children. Him and his mother got separated when he was only a baby. He missed his mother but he only got to see her a couple times in his life.
When he moved to Mr. and Mrs. Auld's house, his mistress, Mrs. Auld, taught him to read which puzzled him because he knew slaves weren’t supposed to read, yet he didn’t say anything. Mrs. Auld teaching Frederick to read didn’t last very long. Mr. Auld told her to stop because it would make him miserable. Ever since then he had a desire to read. Since Mrs. Auld stopped teaching him he had found little white boys to teach him.
When Frederick had finally learned to read, he noticed reading was more like a curse then a blessing. He one day learned the word abolitionist and he instantly agreed with it's definition. He finally noticed how bad and cruel slavery is. He noticed how corrupted slave owners were. They stole people out of their homes just because there skin color was different. He was furious at this madness.