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Frederick Douglass Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey later known as Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818 near Easton Maryland He was the son of Harriet Bailey a slave Captain Aaron Anthony claimed ownership of Douglass Douglass spent his early childhood in a cabin with his grandmother Betsey His mother was hired out and he only saw her on rare visits In 1824 Douglass was separated from his grandmother and taken to live on the large plantation of Colonel Edward Lloyd where Captain Aaron Anthony worked In 1826 he was sent to Baltimore Maryland to live with Hugh and Sophia Auld in-laws of Captain Anthonys daughter Douglass lived in Baltimore from 1826 until 1833 where his first job as a child was to look after the Aulds son Tommy While he was in Baltimore Douglass learned to read and write Sophia Auld taught him until her husband forbade it After that Douglass taught himself in secret In 1833 Douglass was taken from Baltimore and brought to St Michaels Maryland by his master Thomas Auld son-in-law to Captain Anthony who was now deceased While there Douglass organized secret schools for slaves and refused to submit to whipping One of the schools was broken up by a mob and he was hired out to farmers known as slave breakers who sought to control his rebellious activities Yet he continued to defy his slave status In 1836 he planned to escape but was caught imprisoned and eventually sent back to Thomas Auld After his failed escape attempt and imprisonment Douglass was sent back by Auld to Baltimore There he was hired out to a local shipyard to learn the trade of a caulker He joined an improvement society of free black caulkers and attempted unsuccessfully to buy his own freedom In 1837 he met Anna Murray a free African-American woman In September 1838 Douglass escaped from slavery He first went to New York City There he sent for
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