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Douglass Freedom Having learned how to read and write Frederick Douglass changed himself from another mans slave into a widely respected writer This freedom was set forth by his luck in receiving a mistress Mrs Auld who would begin Douglass revelation of learning how to read and write Reaching adulthood and fluency in English Douglass perception of freedom changed As a child he could not really explain all of what he experienced and how he felt about himself as a slave in his earlier slave days in such a way that those who read his autobiography would ever understand completely But as he matured and developed his linguistic skills the essence of his thoughts and the level of understanding had transformed his ideas of freedom Since birth Frederick was immediately exposed to the harsh realities of slavery which included being deprived of self-identity I have no accurate knowledge of my age never having seen any authentic record containing itit is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant12 Forced to eat his meals of mush out of a trough wearing nothing but a long coarsely woven shirt and being kept in complete mental darkness Douglass was completely dehumanized even before he experienced the horrible violence of the slaveholders towards their slaves Freedom was mentally shaped for slaves as to prepare them for their long years of hard laborious service Frederick was not allowed a family Before her death he rarely felt his mothers soothing presencetender watchful care 13 During his childhood Douglass would experience more freedom than what he would get for many years after Freedom abruptly ended with his introduction to the infamous slave fields At eight years old Douglass left to Baltimore to live with a new family - the Aulds In the 1800s educational suppression was widely
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