allowance day

allowance day

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  • Allowance day was a very exciting and important day for all slaves. One slave named Frederick Douglass was in Maryland and was preparing for this thrilling day. He lived on a plantation with the master Colonel Lloyd, along with 300-400 more slaves. He had already been a slave for a few years and had experienced this day several times. He got the same cheap clothes and the bland food every time, but Fredrick and the other slaves were still excited for this one day of the year/month.
  • It was just three days before allowance day. This day was special because it was the end of the year and the end of the month so the slaves would be getting clothes and food. Frederick was picking cotton and Tyler, the 7 year old boy, accidentally ripped his shirt on a tree branch.That was his only shirt left from the 2 given to him last year. He was given no pants because he doesn’t work in the field. “Oh no, my shirt ripped! What am i going to do!” Tyler said. It was 36 degrees (snowing) and Tyler went nude for the next 2 days. Frederick felt really horrible that Tyler had to suffer.
  • The next morning Mr. Colonel said “GET READY FOR ALLOWANCE DAY TOMORROW”! . Fredrick and the other slaves dropped what they were doing because they were so excited.“I can't wait for allowance day I barely have any food left” Frederick said. Mike one of Fredrick’s friends said “my pants have holes in them and it's freezing cold so i'm especially excited now” Fredrick went to his miserable blankets and tried to sleep.
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