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Language: English
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Author: Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Summary

In 1817 or 1818, Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He, like many slaves, is unclear of his actual birth date. Soon after his birth, Douglass is removed from his mother, Harriet Bailey. Captain Anthony, their white master, is most likely his father. Captain Anthony works as a clerk for Colonel Lloyd, a wealthy man. Lloyd possesses hundreds of slaves, whom he refers to as the “Great House Farm” on his sprawling plantation in the heart of the city. Life on any of Lloyd’s estates is harsh, as it is on many Southern plantations. Slaves are overworked and fatigued, with limited food, clothes, and sleeping quarters. The plantation overseers, the cruellest of whom are Mr. Severe and Mr. Austin Gore, beat or whip individuals who breach the rules—and even those who do not—and occasionally even shoot them.

On this estate, Douglass’ life is not as difficult as that of the majority of the other slaves. He helps in the home rather than in the fields since he is a youngster. He is entrusted to Captain Anthony’s son-in-brother, law’s Hugh Auld, who resides in Baltimore, when he is seven years old. Douglass has a more liberated existence in Baltimore. Slave owners in the city are often more mindful about looking harsh or inattentive to their slaves in front of their nonslaveowning neighbours.

Hugh’s wife, Sophia Auld, has never owned slaves before, so she treats Douglass with surprising kindness at initially. She even starts teaching Douglass to read, but her husband forbids her from continuing, claiming that education makes slaves unmanageable. Sophia eventually succumbs to the slaveowner mindset and loses her innate kindness. Douglass enjoys Baltimore and is able to educate himself to read with the aid of local lads, despite Sophia and Hugh Auld becoming crueller to him. Douglass becomes aware of the ills of slavery and the presence of the abolitionist, or antislavery, movement as he learns to read and write. He plans to flee to the north at some point.

Following the deaths of Captain Anthony and his surviving heirs, Douglass is recalled to serve Captain Anthony’s son-in-law, Thomas Auld. Auld is a cruel guy, made much more so by his phoney religious devotion. Douglass is deemed unmanageable by Auld, so he is rented for a year to Edward Covey, a man infamous for “breaking” slaves. Covey manages to work and beat all the energy out of Douglass in the first six months. Douglass devolves into a thug, uninterested in literature or liberty and just capable of recovering from his injuries and tiredness. When Douglass decides to fight back against Covey, it marks a turning point in the storey. Covey never touches Douglass again following a two-hour brawl between the two men.

After his year with Covey is through, Douglass is leased for two years to William Freeland. Despite the fact that Freeland is a gentler, more equitable guy, Douglass’s desire to flee is rekindled. Douglass starts instructing his fellow slaves in a Sabbath school at the houses of free blacks at Freeland’s. Many slaves from adjacent plantations come to Douglass and work earnestly to learn despite the danger of punishment and assault. Douglass also devises an escape plot with three other slaves with whom he is friendly at Freeland’s. However, someone tells Freeland about their scheme, and Douglass and the others are arrested. Douglass is then sent back to Baltimore with Hugh Auld to study the ship caulking profession.

Douglass encounters difficult racial relations in Baltimore’s commercial business. White employees have coexisted with free black workers, but the whites are now concerned that the growing number of free blacks will seize their employment. Douglass is forced to change shipyards while being merely an apprentice and still a slave due to violent intimidation techniques used by his white counterparts. Douglass learns the profession of caulking swiftly in his new apprenticeship and soon earns the best earnings possible, constantly giving them over to Hugh Auld.

Hugh Auld eventually gives Douglass permission to lease out his spare time. He gradually saves money and ultimately makes his way to New York. To safeguard the safety of future slaves who may try the trek, Douglass does not describe the circumstances of his escape. Douglass, fearful of being recaptured, changes his name from Bailey to Douglass in New York. He marries Anna Murray, a free lady he met in Baltimore, not long after. They go to Massachusetts, where Douglass, as a writer and orator, gets intimately involved in the abolitionist cause.

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