Frederick Douglass: My Bondage And My Freedom

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Frederick Douglass wrote his autobiography My Bondage and my Freedom in order to prove to the world that even though he was an eloquent speaker, he had once been a salve. In one chapter, initially Mrs. Auld was glad about Douglass’s reading because she taught him. “My mistress-who had begun to teach me,” (Douglass pg 521). I think that Mrs. Auld is later “violent in her opposition” to Douglass’s reading because her husband taught her that slaves are things and not people. “My mistress-who had begun to teach me-was suddenly checked in her benevolent design, by the strong advice of her husband,” (Douglass pg 521). Douglass bought the Columbian Orator at the age of thirteen. “I had made enough money to buy what was then a very popular schoolbook,
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