After nine months under Thomas Auld, Frederick Douglass was lent to Edward Covey, a poor farmer who was sent slaves from slave owners who could not handle their slaves for training. Douglass spent a year with Covey, being brutally whipped because he was not familiar with farm instruments and techniques, due to his time spent in the city. Douglass even thought of killing him, then himself, because of his cruelty. After Douglass’ time with Covey ended in, he was sent to William Freeland, whom he called the best master he has ever had. Under Freeland, he had plans to escape, but were foiled by another slave, resulting in his arrest.
Frederick was taught to read by the wife of his Master - Sophia Auld. Frederick remembers Sophia as the first person to ever treat him like a real human being, and it was this crucial feeling of equality that sparked the idea of freedom for Frederick. Frederick wrote in his autobiography “Going to live at Baltimore laid the foundation, and opened the gateway, to all my subsequent prosperity”. When his slave master found out that he was being educated he put a stop to it but Frederick continued to read in secrecy. Frederick wrote about his times being a slave, writing even in his darkest hours of slavery, he always held onto an inner conviction ... ... middle of paper ... ...after the civil war, as the 14th and 15th Amendment to the US constitution were passed providing in law, equal citizenships and equal rights for all men, regardless of colour.
He was born on February 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. 7 His parents were from two different races. His father was white while his mother was a African American. At that time period slave auctions were held to sell black slaves to white land owners. It was at a slave auction that as a child Frederick Douglass was separated from his Negro mother.
His poignant speeches raised the ire of many Northerners, yet many still felt the slaves deserved their position in life. Douglass, for his own safety, was urged to travel to England where he stayed and spoke until 1847 when he returned to the U.S. to buy his freedom. At that point, he began to write and distribute an anti-slavery newspaper called "The North Star". Not only did he present news to the slaves, but it was also highly regarded as a good source of information for those opposed to slavery. During the Civil war, Doug... ... middle of paper ... ...thony]" (49).
Frederick Douglass All stories have a beginning, middle and an end and Frederick Douglass’s story began as a slave and ended as a free man. Although he was born into slavery, the placement of Frederick Douglass’s time spent in slavery was of great importance and realization in his own life time-line. His epiphanies and realizations from the interpretation of life changing events were, to him, the actual beginning, middle and end of his life of slavery. Frederick was born in Maryland and early in his life he lived on the outskirts of the plantation where his Grandmother took care of him and the little children. Frederick was quite young and during this stage of Frederick’s life he did not understand slavery.
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 caulker's trade.
Once a slave was educated in those times, they were no longer useful for the masters because they thought the enslave needed to be uneducated. Frederick Douglass wanted to prove them all wrong. According to the story "these words sank deep into my heart"(pg.351). He realized that he would do anything in order to get his education without getting caught. Douglass also knew that one day he would have a story to tell as long as he educated
His thoughts frequently came back to him, leaving him with a great hatred for slavery. In 1836, Frederick had finally had enough of his imprisonment, and attempted an escape with many other slaves. The escape was not successful, Frederick and the other slaves were sent to work in a shipyard hauling crates. Frederick worked the shipyard for two years until he had another great escape idea, this one would work though. The sailing papers of a sailor had been borrowed, and disguised as a sailor, Frederick Douglass made his escape to New Bedford, Massachusetts.
He then said to her, ‘Now, you d---d b---h I’ll learn you how to disobey my orders!... ... middle of paper ... ... that allows one human being to promote himself above others and to own another human being. Ripping children from their mothers arms weeks after being born, starving them and forcing them to work long hours day after day, even beating them to near death experiences. None of these things should be acceptable to any community and especially not those who claim to be men of God. These are the reasons why this newspaper publishing has decided to take an abolitionist’s stand and it is all thanks to the testament of Mr. Frederick Douglass, hopefully the horrors he experienced and has now told of will bring an end to them and for the rest of the slaves.
Like most southern slave owners Thomas Auld was a cruel master who always disciplined his slaves for their wrong doings. He was a cowardly man because he didn’t have the ability or courage to properly hold slaves, but “he found himself incapable of managing his slaves either by force, fear, or fraud” (pg. 380). Auld was a merciless man that worked the slaves to the limit and barely gave them enough to eat. Douglass mentioned how often slaves stole food in order to survive and to prevent from becoming ill. “We were therefore reduced to the wretched necessity of living at the expense of out neighbors.