Senate to help lead the secessionist states in But his political skills—or lack thereof—made the new government's performance inconsistent and often fractious, although his support of Robert E.
Chapters 1—4[ edit ] Douglass begins by explaining that he does not know the date of his birth he later chose February 14,and that his mother died when he was 7 years old. He has very few memories of her children were commonly separated from their mothersonly of the rare night time visit.
He thinks his father is a white man, possibly his owner. At a very early age he sees his Aunt Hester being whipped. Douglass details the cruel interaction that occurs between slaves and slave holders, as well as how slaves are supposed to behave in the presence of their masters, and even when Douglass says that fear is what kept many slaves where they were, when they tell the truth they are punished by their owners.
Chapters 5—7[ edit ] Frontispiece of Douglass from the first edition At this point in the Narrative, Douglass is moved to BaltimoreMaryland.
This move is rather important for him because he believes that if he had not been moved, he would have remained a slave his entire life.
He even starts to have hope for a better life in the future. He also discusses his new mistress, Mrs. Sophia Auld, who begins as a very kind woman but eventually turns cruel. Douglass learns the alphabet and how to spell small words from this woman, but her husband, Mr.
Auld, disapproves, and states that if slaves could read, they would not be fit to be slaves, being unmanageable and sad. Upon hearing why Mr. Auld disapproves of slaves being taught how to read, Douglass realizes the importance of reading and the possibilities that this skill could help him.
He takes it upon himself to learn how to read and learn all he can, but at times, this new found skill torments him.
Douglass then gains an understanding of the word abolition and develops the idea to run away to the North. He also learns how to write and how to read well. The slaves are valued along with the livestockcausing Douglass to develop a new hatred of slavery.
He feels lucky when he is sent back to Baltimore to live with the family of Master Hugh. He is then moved through a few more situations before he is sent to St. His regret at not having attempted to run away is evident, but on his voyage he makes a mental note that he traveled in the North-Easterly direction and considers this information to be of extreme importance.
For some time, he lives with Master Thomas Auld who is particularly cruel, even after attending a Methodist camp. He is pleased when he eventually is lent to Mr. Covey for a year, simply because he would be fed. Covey is known as a "negro-breaker", who breaks the will of slaves.
Chapters 10—11[ edit ] While under the control of Mr. He is harshly whipped almost on a weekly basis, apparently due to his awkwardness.
He is worked and beaten to exhaustion, which finally causes him to collapse one day while working in the fields. Because of this, he is brutally beaten once more by Covey. Douglass eventually complains to Thomas Auld, who subsequently sends him back to Covey.
A few days later, Covey attempts to tie up Douglass, but he fights back. After a two-hour long physical battle, Douglass ultimately conquers Covey. After this fight, he is never beaten again. Douglass is not punished by the law, which is believed to be due to the fact that Covey cherishes his reputation as a "negro-breaker", which would be jeopardized if others knew what happened.
Douglass comments on the abuse suffered under Covey, a religious man, and the relative peace under the more favorable, but more secular, Freeman.Frederick Douglass spent his life trying to achieve rights and freedom for others and along the way he impacted many people.
One way that he impacted this country by introducing African-Americans to life in a troop. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts.
It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period.
Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life (Picture Book Biography) [David A. Adler] on tranceformingnlp.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Born into slavery in and raised on a Maryland plantation under brutal conditions, Frederick Douglass.
Read an Excerpt. From Robert O'Meally's Introduction to Narrative of the Life Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Crossing Over: Frederick Douglass’s Run for Freedom The very first time I assigned Frederick Douglass’s Narrative was in the fall of , in Boston, Massachusetts, when I was teaching a high school equivalency night-course for working adults.
HISTORY Some historians consider ancient Africa the cradle of human civilization. In Before the Mayflower, Lerone Bennett, Jr., contended that "the African ancestors of American Blacks were among the major benefactors of the human race.
Such evidence as survives clearly shows that Africans were on the scene and acting when the human drama opened.". A genre of African-American literature that developed in the middle of the 19th century is the slave narrative, accounts written by fugitive slaves about their lives in the South and, often, after escaping to freedom.