Frederick Douglass, the most successful runaway slave that ever was. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born directly into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland to his mother, Harriet Bailey and his father, who is said to be Anthony Aaron . His birth year is thought to be around 1818 however the exact date is unknown. He later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14th. He began his early stages of life living with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey, but a relatively young age, he was forced to live on a plantation with plantation owners, one of which was thought to be his father.
Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 at Shadwell, which was a slave plantation in Central Virginia. During Thomas’s school years, he studied Latin, Greek, and French; and in 1760, he went to the College of William and Mary. He learned how to play the violin and was a very skilled horseman by the age of thirteen. When his father, Peter Jefferson died, he left almost thirty slaves and about three thousand acres of land to Thomas in his will. On New Year’s Day, Martha Wayles Skelton, who was a widow, and Thomas got married.
Introduction and Main Characters I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography by Maya (Marguerite Johnson) and the book is about the early years of her life. The book is the first of seven books about her life. The main characters are Bailey Johnson Jr. who is Maya’s brother, Momma Henderson who was Maya and Bailey’s Grandma, Uncle Willie was Momma’s Henderson’s son who was crippled. Vivian Baxter who was Maya’s mother, and Bailey Sr. Maya’s and Bailey’s father. Summary The book begins with Maya at three years old and Bailey are four years being sent from their father in California to their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas.
Provide a short biography of the author (be sure to provide a citation for the source used). The author of this document is Benjamin Banneker. As per the learning module, “Benjamin Banneker was born free near Baltimore, Maryland in 1731. His father was an enslaved West African from Guinea and his mother was the child of a female European indentured servant and an enslaved African who gained his freedom before she was born.” Mr. Banneker was a self- educated mathematician, astronomer, ran his family’s farm, and a writer among other things. He is mostly known for creating a wooden clock that ran every hour for over forty years, helping survey our nation’s capital, his widely read almanacs, and his letters to Thomas Jefferson.
Second, both Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass gained freedom. Booker gained his freedom when he was only 8 years old, because he was born in 1858, or 1859. As one might imagine, he was freed when Abraham Lincoln made the emancipation proclamation. Once he was freed, he settled into a town with his family and started working in the salt business, packing salt in barrels. Frederick Douglass, however, gained freedom when he was quite older; when he was 20 years old.
Araminta Harriet Ross was born into a very difficult life. She was born somewhere between the years of 1820-1825. Historians do not know the exact date of Ross’s birth since they have little to go off of. However, they were able to find where she was born, which was in Dorchester County, Maryland. Ross was born into slavery by her mother, Harriet Green, and her father, Ben Ross.
Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in a small village named Mvezo in South Africa. Mandela’s name was changed to Nelson by his teacher due to the European schooling system. (“Nelson”) At twelve years old, Nelson’s father passed away due to lung disease. Mandela was sent to live with a man named Jangintaba as his ward at the Great Place of Mghekezweni. (Mandela) Mandela attended Clarkebury Boarding Institute as a young man; he was the first person in his family to attend school.
Charleston, South Carolina was once the center of the slave trade in the thirteen colonies. Slave auctions were held on the the street almost everyday in Charleston, South Carolina. Priscilla was bought at one of these auctions by a rice planter named Elias Ball. She arrived there in July, 1756, she was ten. She came as an orphan, no family, no home.
Harriet Tubman spent most of her life trying to help slaves. She was a slave herself, she was born in Dorchester Country, Maryland in the year 1822. She started working at a very young age, by the age of 5 she was already doing child care and consequently by 12 she was doing field work and hauling logs, as she got older the job got harder. When she turned 26 Harriet decided to make a life-changing decision when her master died, she decided to abscond. She married a free black man.
At a young age, Douglass was designated to live in the home of the plantation owners. His mother, died when he was around 10. His father is thought to be one of the slave owners’ which he lived with. Frederick Douglass was ultimately sent to the Baltimore, to the home of Hugh Auld. Hugh Auld’s wife Sophia taught Douglass the alphabet when he was around 12, in disregard to the ban of teaching slaves.