Frederick Douglass was a slave who was born in the early 1800’s on a farm in Baltimore, Maryland . He barely knew his mother and didn’t know who his father was. Frederick hopped from plantation to plantation, owner to owner.One of the families he worked for was Mr. and Mrs. Auld. Mrs. Auld was a very kind and tender hearted woman, she made Frederick feel out of place because she was so nice to him. Even the most nasty of slaves felt like they were treated nicely in her presence.
One day, Mrs. Auld started to teach Frederick how to read starting with the ABC’s. Mr. Auld had walked in on them the next day and said “Oh heavens, what are you doing teaching Frederick how to read! You can’t teach Frederick how to read it would only make his life worse. It would dig a never ending hole for him to climb out of for the rest of his life.” That comment that Mr. Auld had said had sparked something inside of Mrs. Auld to change… FOR THE WORSE.
She was becoming more vicious like Mr. Auld. There was another slave who went by Daniel Finley. Mrs. Auld would treat him severely. For one example, one day when Daniel was working on washing clothes for the Aulds, Daniel started to feel a little wheezy. So he took a seat on the stool beside him. Then Mrs. Auld had walked in to see his progress, “ Why are you laying down?! Get up now!” Shouted Mrs. Auld. She walked over to him, and when she got there she pushed him over to the floor. Daniel was in much pain because he had hit his ribs on the floor. He needed to lye and rest, but Mrs. Auld thought not. She kicked him fiercely in his side. Daniel was about to faint from the pain.