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explain why this need came up so strongly and so early. White children knew their age, he did not. If he inquired about it, his master deemed the question insignificant to his well being, thus exasperating Douglass and motivating his thirsts to not only learn of his age, but of everything. Living on Colonel Lloyd’s plantation in the country was not going to get him anywhere, so when he was chosen to be shipped to Baltimore, he was more than pleased. It proved to be the best possible move for him. Soon after moving to be a slave for Master Hugh, Hugh’s mistress taught Douglass the A,B,Cs and how to spell three to four letter words. Master Hugh caught wind of this is and was enraged. He claimed, “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take
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an ell” (Douglass 163). This statement couldn’t be truer than with Douglass. He might have been banned from reading at home, but didn’t stop him from employing white boy tutors around the neighborhood to continue his education. “…That very discontentment with Master Hugh had predicted would follow my learning to read had already come, to torment and sting my soul to unutterable anguish” (Douglass 268). Douglass started to
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