64 - "merciful providence" by the slaves, but he...

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Douglass describes his master's family and their relationship with Colonel Lloyd, who was sort of a  "grand master" of the area. Douglass explains that if slaves broke plantation rules, tried to run away,  or became generally "unmanageable," they were whipped and shipped to Baltimore to be sold to  slave traders as a "warning to the [other] slaves." He discusses the meager food and clothing  allowance given to slaves: "Children from seven to ten years old, of both sexes, almost naked, might  be seen all seasons of the year." Slaves had no beds and only some were given blankets. They had  to work long hours in the fields and were deprived of sleep. The master's latest overseer, with the  fitting name of Mr. Severe, was "armed with a large hickory stick and heavy cowskin" and took  "fiendish pleasure in manifesting barbarity." Severe's early death was considered a sign of a 
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Unformatted text preview: "merciful providence" by the slaves, but he was soon replaced by Hopkins, a less profane man, but no less cruel than Severe. The home plantation of Colonel Lloyd was called the Great House Farm, and it was a privilege for a slave in the outlying areas of the plantation to be asked to run errands there. Many of the songs that slaves sang at that plantation mention the Great House Farm; Douglass didn't understand the implications of the lyrics of the songs while he was enslaved, but as a free man in the North, he has heard whites commenting that the singing of slaves is "evidence of their contentment and happiness." He refutes this myth, stating that slaves sing in order to relieve their sorrow much like tears relieve an aching heart....
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