Essay title: Douglas
Review of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland, near Hillsborough.
He doesn’t know for sure of his age, he has seen no proof and his master
will not inform him. Most masters prefer for their slaves to stay
ignorant. He believes that he was around twenty-seven and twenty-eight
when he began writing his narrative – he overheard his master say he was
about seventeen years of age during 1835. His mother, Harriet Bailey,
was separated from him when he was an infant and she died when he was
seven years old. Frederickй?ҐжЄљ father was a white man who could have been
his master but he never found out.
Education was of utmost importance in his life. He received his first
lesson while living with Mr. and Mrs. Auld. Sophia Auld, Frederickй?ҐжЄљ
“mistress”, was very humane to him and spent time teaching him the A, B,
Cй?ҐжЄљ. After he mastered this, she assisted him in spelling three and
four letter words. At this point in his lesson Mr. Auld encountered
what his wife was doing for Frederick and forbid her to continue. He
believed that “if you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell” and
continuing with “learning would spoil the best nigger in the world”.
The masters felt that an ignorant slave formed a choice slave and any
beneficial learning would damage the slave and therefore be futile to
his master. His next step on the road to success was during his seven
years living with Master Hughй?ҐжЄљ family. Frederick would make friends
with as many white boys as he possibly could on the street. His new
friends would be transformed into teachers. When he could, Frederick
carried bread on him as a means of trade to the famished kids for
knowledge. He would also carry a book anytime he had an errand to run.
The errand would be completed quickly, allowing extra study time. When
Frederick was working in Durgin and Baileyй?ҐжЄљ ship-yard he would notice
timber marked with various letters. He soon discovered how the letters
matched the type of wood and the names of these letters. Any boy he met
that could write he would challenge them to a writing contest.
Frederick would use the letters he recently learned and told the child
to challenge that. He then copied the Italics in Websterй?ҐжЄљ Spelling
Book until he knew them well. All this hard work and years of practice
gave Frederick the knowledge to write. After his relocation to Mr.
Freeland, who was the owner of two slaves, Frederick devoted his Sundays
teaching these two and other slaves how to read.
Frederick heard the word abolitionists a few times but it wasnй?ҐжЄ› for a
while until he found out what it meant. If a slave succeeded in
escaping from his Master or performing a radical action such as burning
a barn or killing his Master, it was considered to be a form of
abolition. One day while running an errand, Frederick ran into two
Irishmen hard at work. Frederick assisted the Irishmen and soon after

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