Frederick Douglass: From Enslavement To Freedom

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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery as the son of a white slave master father and a black slave mother in Maryland in 1818. He escaped from slavery in 1838 because of his literacy. It was only due to his ability to read, write, and think critically that Frederick Douglass was able to find his way form enslavement to freedom. Life before learning how to read and write for Douglass was bad because he wasn’t given enough to eat. “I was seldom whipped by my old master, and suffered little from anything else than hunger and cold” (Douglass 8). He was rarely given his allowance of food and clothing so his clothes was in bad shape. Douglass thought he was going to be a slave for life. Before Douglass became literate he was in a plantation

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