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Latham-1 Stuart Latham HIST 105-526 November 13, 2007 Frederick Douglass Essay Slavery was a big part in the 1800’s to 1850’s. From Frederick Douglass’s autobiography the reader gets a first person point of view from the eyes of a slave on how the affects of slavery changed slaves and slaveholders. With Douglass’s growth of knowledge, he no longer sees black and white but the world around him and how slavery plays a role on religion and literacy. The start of Douglass’s autobiography starts off with explaining how he was born without having an “accurate knowledge of” (41) his age. He gives a brief background of his family and himself, on how he is a mulatto and never really knew his mother since they got separated after his birth and at her death he showed the “same emotions” for the “death of a stranger” (43); so his grandmother took care of him until he was seven. He then goes into the slave system on how the whole operation works. For him, he is apart of a huge plantation called by the slaves, the “Great Farm House” (49) which had small farms that surrounded the great plantation. On one of the smaller farms Douglass got his first view of how cruel slavery was when his aunt was whipped by his master, Captain Anthony. He lives here from birth until the age of seven, he sees different overseers and
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