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Frederick Douglass: A Brief Summary

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Frederick Douglass was born February 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. For a child that was born into slavery, life was hard. The exact birthday of Douglass is unknown. Later, Douglass chose the date February 14 to be his birthday. Douglass live with his maternal grandmother Betty Bailey. At a very young age Douglass was chosen to live in the big house with the owner of the plantation who is also his father. Douglass mother died at the age of 10. 12 When Auld forbade his wife’s lessons, Douglass continued to learn from white children and others in the neighborhood. It was through reading that Douglass’s ideological opposition to slavery began to take shape. He read newspapers avidly and sought out political writing and literature as much as possible.
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