The Life Of Frederick Douglass Essay

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Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818 in his grandmother's cabin. His mother was Harriet Bailey a slave owned by Aaron Anthony. The last time he saw his mother was when he was one year old. He never knew his father. The only thing he knew about him was that he was a white man. This report will be about the worst things about slavery in the eyes of Frederick Douglass.

As a child Frederick wondered about his age. The white children could tell their ages. He did not understand why he should be deprived of not having the privilege to know his age. It was considered improper, important and evidence of a restless spirit to ask any questions about yourself to the master. Black children ...view middle of the document...

Mr. Gore gave him three chances to get out of the creek. Demby did not budge each time he was told to get out. So gore took his gun out and shot him in the head. These incidents made the other slaves fear him more.

According to Frederick another thing that was bad about being a slave was the fact that they did not receive enough food to eat. At one time Frederick and three other slaves were only allowed less than half a bushel of corn meal per week, and very little else of meat of vegetables. He says that not giving a slave enough to eat is regarded as the most aggravated development of meanness among slaveholders. The rule is no matter how course the food is its ok as long as there is enough of it. That is he slave theory in Maryland.

Mr. Covey was one of Frederick's masters that he lived with for one year. Under this master was the first time he had been a field hand. Mr. Covey worked his slaves very hard. They worked from sun up to sun down, and they only had five minutes to eat at meal times. They worked every hard at this farm but they were given plenty of food to eat. Frederick received one of his most sever whippings from covey. Frederick explains that he had to take a team of oxen into the woods to gather a load of wood, and it was his first time driving oxen and he had no knowledge of how to so it. When he got to the woods the oxen got out of hand and tipped the cart over tangling themselves in the thicket. He got the cart back up and the oxen untangled. When he returned to the farm he explained to the master what had happened. Covey took him back to the woods and whipped him with a tree limb until blood ran down his back. It left ridges on his back the size of his little finger.

Living with covey was clearly the time Frederick experienced slavery. Another dispute came about between Frederick and covey it was a hot day...

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