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The Life Accomplishments and Influence of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was a well established abolishinsits and writer who help open the eyes of many Americans to the injustice of slavery Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey on the Holmes Hill farm near the town Easton of in Maryland Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born on a farm in February 1818 as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in Talbot county Maryland The farm was owned by Aaron Anthony who is believed to be Douglass father Douglass mother was Harriet Bailey who worked in the cornfield s on the farm Douglass rarely saw his mother and was raised by his grandmother Betsey Bailey who was a mid wife Frederick was separated from his mother when he was only a few weeks old and was raised by his grandparents until he was six years old At the age of six Fredericks grandmother took him to the plantation that was 12 miles form his the home of his master and left him there At the age of eight Frederick was sent to Baltimore to live as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld relatives of his master Shortly after Fredericks arrival Sophia taught him the alphabet but she stopped teaching when her husband told her it was against the law to teach slaves to read Frederick with the desire to learn how to read took it upon himself to do so He made the neighborhood boys his teacher by trading his food in exchange of lesson in reading and writing At the age of thirteen Frederick brought a copy of The Columbian Orator a popular school book at that time which helped him to gain an understanding and appreciation of the power of spoken and written words to bring about change Frederick passed his knowledge on to other blacks in Baltimore At the age of fifteen Frederick returned back to the Eastern Shore of Maryland
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