Frederick Douglass was born a slave he didn't know who his father was and he barely knew who his mother was, because she died while he was still very young.When he was still young he moved to Baltimore to live with the Aulds. When he got to Baltimore he was overwhelmed by the wagons, by the people of all skin types, and by the different smells. When he arrived at the Aulds they were standing in their doorway ready to greet him.
When Douglass first arrived Mrs Auld was so nice to him, she gave him fresh clothes to wear, food to eat, a nice bed to sleep in and barely ever gave him any work to do. Mrs. Auld treated Douglass like her own son. One reason why she treated him like that, was because she grew up in the North where it is illegal to own slaves. Because of this she started to teach Douglass how to read the alphabet.
One day Mr. Auld walks in and sees Mrs Auld teaching Douglass the alphabet. He said that teaching a slave to read could make him unhappy in his place. So Mrs Auld took up the books and put them on a high shelf where Douglass couldn't reach them. Mrs Auld acted a little different after Mr Auld talked to her in their room, but Douglass didn't notice until the next day.