Narrative Of The South During The Climax Of Slavery

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“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass said these words regarding the topic of change. Coincidentally, the social reformer is considered as the subject of change throughout his life. However, in his acclaimed memoir of the South during the climax of slavery, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, one of the people he encountered during his life also went under some major alterations. One of these people was Sophia Auld.
Sophia was the wife of slaveholder, Hugh Auld, who purchases Frederick as a young boy. Throughout the account, Sophia’s personality and demeanor shift drastically making her the ideal, dynamic character. During the time of his childhood, when Mr. Douglass first encountered the Auld family, he sincerely believed that they were kind masters and they were like a blessed gift from God. Sophia, at first, was very much so against the harsh treatment of slaves as she particularly treated them with immense kindness. In fact, she even took the liberty upon herself to educate a young Frederick Douglass when he was comparably illiterate to the average white-colored child. Sophia often found the horrid treatments of the slaves “disturbing” (Douglass 41). Before owning Frederick, Sophia and her husband never owned any bondservants. This was more than likely the reason for her unearthly kindness and equality to her slaves; she merely saw them as ordinary people, despite the color of their skin, and thought they should…
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