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While he was young, Frederick was forced into hard labor as a slave. He was barely given anything to live on. He and his mother were also separated, making it hard for them to see each other. In fact he only saw his mother a couple times in his entire life! Frederick's life was off to a difficult start.
However, a woman on the plantation where he lived taught him how to read. Unfortunately, the man running the plantation walked in on their lessons and was angry. He didn't want Frederick to be learn to read. He was afraid that he would have opportunities other than labor. So, his lessons stopped there.
Nevertheless, Frederick persisted. He traded his lunch for reading lessons. Once he knew how to read, Frederick devoured literature as a man on the brink of starvation would food. He read all that he could and, often unable to get new books, reread. In particular, he loved a book called The Colombian Orator. It was a collection of speeches. This was his favorite book, and he read it in any free time he could find.
As a teenager, Frederick met a woman named Anna Murray, and the cool wind of love blew them away.She helped him escape from slavery, and they went to a black community in the north. Once there, he joined a group called the abolitionists, who were trying to get slavery banned. He soon became an important abolitionist, and gave speeches about the pain of slavery.
Unfortunately, plantation owners were angry that Frederick was exposing their cruelty. They forced him out of the country, so he began speaking abroad. To everyone who would listen, he talked about his experience and how terrible it was to be a slave. He strengthened abolitionism outside the US. Then, foreign abolitionists bought his freedom from the plantation owners, having been inspired by his message
Once he returned home, Frederick and Anna Murray, now his wife, settled down. They had 5 children, named Rosetta, Lewis Henry, Charles Redmond, Annie, and Frederick Douglass Junior. He started his own newspaper, naming it the "North Star". His children helped him to produce it. His life began to calm down.
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