The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

1078 WordsMay 5, 20175 Pages
Life of Slaves Up until the late 1800s, people were legally able to own slaves. Slaves are people that are the property of another and are forced to follow their owner 's commands. Slaves were treated like dogs, had no freedom and were abused. Frederick Douglass played a huge role in the human rights in the 19th century trying to end slavery. Also, he wrote a narrative called, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which goes into detail of his day to day life as a slave and how he escaped. Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County, MD in 1818 and died, February 20, 1895, in Washington, D.C. Slavery was all that he knew growing up, working all day in the plantations, cramped while going to sleep at night if…show more content…
The children were then called, like so many pigs, and like so many pigs they would come and devour the mush; some with oyster shells, others with pieces of shingle, some with naked hands, and none with spoons. He that ate fastest got most; he that was strongest secured the best place, and few left the trough satisfied.” If you gave any of the slaves an eating utensil they most likely would not know how to use it if not knowing what it is at all. They had got their “mush” once a day with a very limited amount of water that was probably very unsanitary and unsafe to drink. Be grateful for your bed that you sleep on at night. Douglass stated in his narrative that there were no beds, he had to steal an empty corn meal bag and crawl inside and sleep on the bare, damp and dirty hard ground in order to have the least bit of comfort (Douglass 11). Not only were they bedless and uncomfortable, the rooms were very cramped. Another slave, Josiah Hanson said, “Wooden floors were an unknown luxury. In a single room were huddled, like cattle, ten or a dozen persons, men, women, and children. We had neither bedsteads nor furniture of any description. Our beds were collections of straw and old rags, thrown down in the corners and boxed in with boards; a single blanket the only covering.” Their hygiene was pretty bad too. All of the kids walked around with no shoes, or pants and getting into things. You know how kids are,
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