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A Description of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass as An American Slave Written By Himself
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David W Blight ed Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave Written by Himself Boston Bedford Books of St Martians Press 1993 Frederick Douglass was one of the most prominent figures of the abolitionist movement which fought to end slavery within the United States in the decades prior to the Civil War A brilliant speaker Douglass engaged in a tour of lectures and became recognized as one of Americas first great black speakers David W Blight an associate professor of history and black studies at Amherst College offers an edited version of Frederick Douglass autobiography that was first published in 1845 Frederick Douglass was born a slave in Tuckahoe near the town of Easton in Talbot County Douglass mother Harriet Baily worked the cornfields surrounding Holmes Hill He knew little of his father except that the man was white As a child he had heard rumors that the master Aaron Anthony had sired him Because Harriet Baily was required to work long hours in the fields Frederick had been sent to live with his grandmother Betsey Baily At age 6 Douglass was taken to his master Captain Anthony on the Lloyd Plantation where he was given little clothing or anything else He and the other slave children were fed cornmeal mush that was placed in a trough to which they were called Frederick later wrote like so many pigs p 54 Douglass was later chosen live Hugh Auld the brother of his masters son-in-law who managed a ship building firm in Baltimore Maryland Upon Fredericks arrival at the Auld Home his only duties were to run errands and care for the Aulds young son Tommy Frederick enjoyed the work and grew to love the child Sophia Auld was a religious woman and frequently read aloud from the Bible Frederick asked his mistress to teach him to read and she readily consented He soon learned the alphabet and a few simple
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