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How would Sophia Auld feel if she knew she helped spark the fire that ignited the abolition of slavery in the Unite States How could she have known that teaching a young slave boy a few letters of the alphabet would create one of the greatest civil rights leaders of all time It was impossible to see it then but young Frederick Bailey was slowly but surely gaining a mind of his own He was also gaining an insatiable thirst for education and most importantly freedom He was a man who grew a mind a man who gained an insight into the demoralizing state of slavery in American Society as no other had done in his time Like many other slaves Frederick had no idea exactly when he was born All he knew was that he was born in the Tidewater region of Maryland to a black slave mother and a white father quite possibly his master Captain Anthony He rarely saw his mother and he wasnt close to his grandmother who watched over the plantations children He was ignored by the white overseers and was constantly hungry and cold He was often moved from place to place This lack of roots this lack of identity was many times purposely imposed on slaves to prevent them from developing their own minds However Frederick proved to be the exception It was a custom for whites to share their slaves with relatives When he was around 8 years old after his mother had died he was moved somewhat permanently into Hugh Aulds house Hugh was Thomas Aulds brother who was in turn Captain Anthonys son-in-law Sophia Hughs wife was kind to Frederick in the beginning So kind in fact that he described her as a woman of the kindest heart and the finest feelings and also as a white face beaming with the most kindly emotions 48 She taught him basic grammar until her husband began to
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