Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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  • this is Douglass working in a corn field.
  • Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a farm for all of his life and he labored on and on each day. Douglas also worked all day and all night in miserable conditions. Many other children like Douglass worked harsh hours as well and they did not know much. Slaves did not know things like who their parents were or how old he was or even how to read. When Douglass was about 7 or 8 a couple named Mr. Auld and Mrs. Auld wanted to borrow him in Baltimore. When he arrived at baltimore he had never seen anything like it.
  • This is Douglass looking at the Baltimore city.
  • Douglass had never seen anything like Baltimore before it had people and even more people walking on the streets and there was black businesses run by black people. Douglass was directed to the Auld’s house and when he got there he was even more amazed. Mrs. auld was so kind to him she was like an angel she looked him in the eyes and spoke to him with the nicest of words. They made sure Douglass was settled in and Mrs. auld started teaching him to read and he loved it. They were a couple weeks in when Mr. Auld found out and said to them “slaves never can read it is unlawful and it will make the slave unfit”.This made Douglass more determined than ever to learn to read.
  • This is Douglass with a book in his hand walking away.
  • Once Douglass had those words in his head they never went away and Mrs. Auld got harsher and harsher each day. One day while Douglass was working Mrs. Auld said to him “go run an errand for me and be fast about it”. So He went on his way and when he was heading back he saw a poor school boy playing by himself. Douglass went over to him and said “ Do you want this piece of bread?” the boy said “ Yes I would love it” and that’s when Douglass's new reading lessons began. The boy knew how to read so he taught Douglass for bread and Douglass did this with many other boys until he knew how to read. He escaped slavery by learning to read and inspired many others to fight for freedom as well. This shows how anyone can find what they are looking for if you never give up.
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