Frederick Douglass a boy born into slavery and separated from his mother at a young age. Frederick never knew who his father was, some concluded that their master was his father, others say that his father was moved to another plantation. Leaving nobody to share comfort with or nobody to deal the hardships with. However, Frederick’s mother was determined to see him. She walked 5 miles each night just to hold him in her arms. At a young age Frederick was working in the fields getting a first hand experience at what it would be like for the rest of his life. Frederick was a curious boy, always wondering what life was like outside of slavery and why white people had superiority over blacks and why they were slaves.
Soon after Frederick's mother left Frederick was exposed to the outside world. One of these newly exposed discoveries was the masters, Mr. Plummer the overseer and Captain Anthony the master. Mr. Plummer was especially hard on the slaves. He whipped them again and again, sometimes without reason. Sometimes he whipped them so hard that even captain Anthony was enraged by his cruelty. “Plummer if you don't stop I ought to give you a whipping” However, Captain Anthony was no better, Frederick’s closest relative his Aunt was whipped just for the entertainment. Frederick was only a child when he witnessed this horrible event and it scarred him for the rest of his life.
Frederick would sometimes be assigned to go down the the market place to purchase goods. Frederick saw white children running about talking freely and having fun. “I'm turning 14 in June!” “Well I am turning 16 in April.” “Hey I might be younger that you guys but my mom works for a big market company!” “You have no idea, I'm related to George Washington. Ha!” They told one another their age, and told other personal qualities and heritage. Frederick wondered why he was deprived of his own.