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Frederick Douglass saw many changes throughout his lifetime He went from being born into slavery to running away as a young adult He eventually built a career and life for himself as a free man Slavery was a horrible injustice many including Douglass had to endure The mistreatment he had to go through was appalling Infants were taken from their mothers at a very young age Frederick only had a few memories of his mother She would come in the night and sleep with Frederick but was always gone before morning Slave children not old enough to work were provided with clothing even during winter They did not have beds and as a child Douglass often would sleep in a burlap bag to say warm Food was not plentiful and a young Frederick would sometimes fight the dogs for scraps to eat Many slaves were in fact treated worse than their slave owners would treat their animals Douglass had been traded several times as a child One slave owners wife had begun to teach Frederick to read until her husband forbid it This was the only encouragement Douglass needed He proceeded to teach himself to read and write Years passed and Douglass was traded to a slave owner by the name of Mr Covey who was known to break slaves Douglass worked for him for an entire year and was subjected to countless beatings Even this would prove unsuccessful in breaking Douglass spirit He had one thing on his mind and that was one day to be free Northern abolitionists were eager to lend a helping hand to escaping slaves whether it be by offering a place to stay or money to help them on their way Douglass eventually escaped to the north and became married An abolitionist couple by the name of Mr Mrs Nathan Johnson took them in and they eventually moved on to New Bedford While living in New Bedford Douglass
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