"Its easier to build strong children than repair broken men."
How dare you bring a slave into my home and teach him how to read and write.
"I didn't know I was a slave until I couldn't do the things I want."
"The soul that is within me no man can degrade."
Douglass was born sometime around 1818.He is separated from his mother and grows up on a slave plantation in maryland by a old woman and other children born into slavery
"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground."
Douglass is moved to a plantation owned by Hugh Auld in Baltimore. His plantation owner's wife starts to teach him to read until her husband forces her to become cruel and uncaring.He starts to believe that there is never a good in slavery.
"I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs."
Douglass fights Edward covey And gains a sense of self respect, higher knowledge of strength, and a increased desire for freedom, while he gains the respect and fear of others.
Douglass tries to escape Mr. Freeland, but fails. He is taken back to Hugh Auld in Baltimore where he works as a ship caulker, earning small amounts of money. He pays for his time and uses some of the trust and money he is gaining to escape.
Douglass marries Anna Murray a free black woman who he acquainted in New York. They move to New Bedford and start a life together there, meeting people who help them.Douglass subscribes to a abolition magazine and works towards gaining freedom for all slaves.