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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave The book begins with the few facts he knows about his birth and parentage; his father is a slave  owner and his mother is a slave named Harriet Bailey. Here and throughout the autobiography,  Douglass highlights the common practice of white slave owners raping slave women, both to satisfy  their sexual hungers and to expand their slave populations. In the first chapter, Douglass also makes  mention of the hypocrisy of Christian slave owners who used religious teachings to justify their  abhorrent treatment of slaves; the religious practice of slave owners is a recurrent theme in the text. Throughout the next several chapters, Douglass describes the conditions in which he and other  slaves live. As a slave of Captain Anthony and Colonel Lloyd, Douglass survives on meager rations  and is often cold. He witnesses brutal beatings and the murder of a slave, which goes unnoticed by 
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