Frederick Douglass Bio

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Frederick Douglass can be brave, courageous, and creative or you may think of him as a teacher. He was a slave from 1813 to 1838 through which he was treated terribly by his masters. Although his self-esteem was lowered by these cowardly acts he was able to focus on his life and plan ways to educate himself and learn more about the world so he may have a chance to become free one day. His thoughts filled Philadelphia's lecture hall with emotions and convinced many that it is imperative to abolish slavery. He describes that slavery should be abolished based on his long history living as a slave. He talks of how he was beaten by Mr. Covey and of how he had to view his Aunt Hester brutally beaten by Captain Anthony when he was little. He accounts that this was his first type of exposure to the violent treatment by his masters.

After hearing about some of these incidents I was convinced that slavery was a terrible life-threatening practice. It is remarkable for such a man to be able to speak today in 1846 about his account only eight years ago. I was able to take in his anger at the slaveholders and join him in his efforts. I wondered and still wonder how he was educated during his slavery period. Mrs. Auld taught him the partial alphabet but, before he could learn all the letters and more words, Mr. Auld or Captain Auld made it clear to his wife and Frederick remembers they're discussion very vividly. Captain Auld stated to Mrs. Auld that, "If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an all. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master "“to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the...