Josiah Lewis

Josiah Lewis

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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave born in the 1800's. He lived on a plantation. Like most slaves he did not know his father, birthday, and how old he was, cause slaveholders don't let slaves know this information. We work in the hot sun and sweat like we worked in a sauna for hours.
  • I don't like it here on the plantation. I want to read and write.
  • On the plantation slaves are treated like animals. Slaveholders believe that slaves are property and not people so slaves were inferior to the slaveholders.
  • Crack!! Goes the whip.
  • Then one day Frederick Douglass was asked to go to the Auld's home to take care of their young son Thomas. Frederick was happy to finally get away from the plantation and was determined to be free and able to read and write.
  • The next day Frederick was on-board a ship that went from the plantation to Baltimore. When Frederick arrived in Baltimore he climbed off the wharf onto the sidewalk and followed an assistant to the Auld's home.
  • WOW!!! Baltimore is amazing no more slavery to worry about.
  • When Frederick arrived at the Auld's home Mrs. Auld said hello. Mrs. Auld was born in the North and she thinks Frederick is a person not property. Frederick saw how people were able walk on streets and were not on a plantation picking cotton for slave-masters.
  • This is a big house. Is this the Aulds house. 
  • One day Mrs. Auld was teaching Frederick how to read and Mr. Auld found out what was happenig and he stopped it quickly. He told her if she didn't stop teaching Frederick to read and write he is going to want freedom and he is still a slave. Since that day forward Mrs. Auld would not allow Frederick to read, but Frederick was determined to read and write. So he went out for errands and he would ask young kids like him if they would be willing to teach him how to read and write.
  • Can you teach me how to read?
  • Sure lets meet up every-Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
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