Frederick Douglass Learns to Read

Frederick Douglass Learns to Read

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  • When Frederick Douglass was around the age of teenagers he was sent off from his plantation to live with his new masters, the Auld's, in Baltimore. He felt lucky to be chosen for this new life. 
  • “A is like Apple, B is like Banana, C is like Cat.”
  • When Frederick Douglass first met Mrs. Auld he was confused. She was being kind, thoughtful, and teaching him how to read which was strictly forbidden in the world of slavery. He was stunned, surprised, and shocked.      
  • "If a slave reads he will start to think for himself and have ideas! We cannot have this! "
  • When Mr. Auld found out that Frederick Douglass was learning to read he was furious. Then Frederick Douglass overheard Mr. Auld talking to his wife about reading with slaves and BAM! Douglass had an Aha moment of realization.
  • After that Frederick Douglass saw the first hand account of how slavery changes slave owners.  Mistress from then on had changed from an angel in Heaven to a devil underground. She was the devil in disguise and refused to teach Douglass. She would treat as property and a person no longer.
  • I refuse to teach you anymore! You're a slave and property, not a person.
  • Frederick Douglass decided he would teach himself  how to read and not give up  because it was the only choice to get to freedom. 
  • When Frederick Douglass was learning to read he felt as if freedom was running towards him closer everytime
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