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Frederick Douglass was one of the most important black leaders of the Antislavery movement He was born in 1817 in Talbot County MD He was the son of Harriet Bailey and an unknown white man His mother was a slave so therefore he was born a slave He lived with his grandparents until the age of eight so he never knew his mother well When he turned eight he was sent to Aunt Kathy a woman who took care of slave children on the plantation of Colonel Edward Lloyd When he was nine he was sent to Baltimore where he lived with Mr and Mrs Hugh Auld He started to study reading with Mrs Auld but Mr Auld forbid it However he still managed to learn anyway To cause him to comply with slavery more easily Mr Auld sent to him to Edward Covey a man who specialized in breaking down the spirits of rebellious slaves or a slave breaker While there he was beaten daily for the slightest offense against the strict rules One day he finally fought back in a fight that lasted two hours and forced Covey to stop trying to break him He was returned to Auld where he was sent to a shipyard to learn the caulkers trade But that didnt stop his education he not only learned caulking but he also learned to write by tracing the letters on the ship front Using seamans papers given to him by a free black he escaped by sea He tried to get work as a caulker but racial discrimination forced him to become a common laborer To avoid being taken back he changed his last name to Douglass He soon became a large part of the antislavery movement when he came in association with The Liberator which belonged to William Lloyd Garrison and he also joined the black Garrisonians of New Bedford He attended the Massachusetts Anti- Slavery Society in
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