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Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe Maryland near Hillsborough He doesnt know for sure of his age he has seen no proof and his masterwill not inform him Most masters prefer for their slaves to stayignorant He believes that he was around twenty-seven and twenty-eightwhen he began writing his narrative - he overheard his master say he wasabout seventeen years of age during 1835 His mother Harriet Baileywas separated from him when he was an infant and she died when he wasseven years old Fredericks father was a white man who could have been Education was of utmost importance in his life He received his firstlesson while living with Mr and Mrs Auld Sophia Auld Fredericksmistress was very humane to him and spent time teaching him the A BCs After he mastered this she assisted him in spelling three andfour letter words At this point in his lesson Mr Auld encounteredwhat his wife was doing for Frederick and forbid her to continue Hebelieved that if you give a nigger an inch he will take an ell andcontinuing with learning would spoil the best nigger in the world The masters felt that an ignorant slave formed a choice slave and anybeneficial learning would damage the slave and therefore be futile tohis master His next step on the road to success was during his sevenyears living with Master Hughs family Frederick would make friendswith as many white boys as he possibly could on the street His newfriends would be transformed into teachers When he could Frederickcarried bread on him as a means of trade to the famished kids forknowledge He would also carry a book anytime he had an errand to run The errand would be completed quickly allowing extra study time WhenFrederick was working in Durgin and Baileys ship-yard he would noticetimber marked with various letters He soon discovered how the
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