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The Slave Years of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass was born a slave in 1817 as Frederick Bailey on a farm in Tuckahoe near Easton town in Talbot County Maryland The owner of the farm Captain Anthony was Fredericks first master Fredericks mother Harriet Bailey worked for long hours in the fields of Captain Anthonys farm situated twelve miles away from their home Because of this Fredericks mother was unable to take care of him and so Frederick was sent to live with his grandmother Betsey Bailey Betsey was too old for field labour thus her job was to take care of children until they were old enough to work Being so far apart Frederick was only able to see his mother four or five times in his life Those times that they did meet were very short and happened during the nights 24 ch1 Harriet Bailey died when Frederick was about seven years old but he did not know anything about her death until much later Hence Frederick had little memory of his mother It was unclear who Fredericks father was Frederick himself had very little information about his father except that he was white Frederick had also speculated that his father might be Captain Anthony Thus Frederick spent his childhood with his grandmother on the outskirts of the plantation During these years he had no understanding of slavery or the situation that he was in At the age of six Frederick began his work for Captain Anthony The slave children of Captain Anthony were fed corn meal mush that was placed in a trough They looked like so many pigs that ate mush with oyster-shells naked hands until they left the trough satisfied 52 ch5 Moreover these slaves only got two coarse linen shirts reaching to their knees for clothing per year Seven to ten years old children were almost naked all seasons They were not provided beds or warm blankets Hence
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