He finally understands which direction he must travel to overcome slavery and

He finally understands which direction he must travel

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beliefs that contributed to the revelation Douglass had reached. He finally understands which direction he must travel to overcome slavery and reach freedom. The cruel words of his master would fuel the fire for him to continue his progress of learning to read and write. Douglass lived in Baltimore for a short while before seeing the difference in the treatment of slaves in the city
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compared to the country. He says that “A city slave is almost a freeman, compared with a slave on the plantation.” (Jacobus 331) Douglass would point out that city slaveholders take more pride in their slaves and would commonly let others know how well they fed them. This is where Frederick introduces us to the exception to the previous statement, Mr. Thomas Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton had two female slaves who is the twenty­two year old Henrietta and the fourteen year old Mary. Douglass described the two as being the most “...mangled and emaciated creatures…” (Jacobus 331) he had ever seen. “The head, neck, and shoulders of Mary were literally cut to pieces.” (Jacobus 331) Never had he seen their master whip them, but Douglass knew the cruelty of Mrs. Hamilton. She would often whip the two with her heavy cowskin that she kept near the side of her chair. Adding on to the torture, the two slaves were kept half­starved, not knowing the satisfaction of a full meal. Mr. Douglass continues his story by showing the change of his mistress from being kind and giving to violent and tyrannous. He was disappointed in the transformation, saying that “Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.” (Jacobus 332) He begins to be heavily watched and looked over, but
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