By Elisabeth P. Myers

The inspiring tale of Frederick Douglass’s upward thrust from slavery to prominence as an early abolitionist and civil rights champion is featured during this quantity of the younger Patriots sequence. concentrating on Douglass’s early years, this profile info his tricky upbringing as a slave on a Maryland plantation, his early separation from his mom, and his circulate as a teenager to the house of the Auld relations in Baltimore. From a tender age, Douglass knew that wisdom was a passport out of slavery, and this biography finds his fierce commitment to education. Lively drawings illustrate the weather in which he grew up and the hurdles faced at the street to equality and freedom. unique positive aspects comprise a precis of Douglass’s grownup accomplishments, together with his place as advisor to President Lincoln; little-known proof approximately him; and a time line of his lifestyles.

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His actions were as rhythmic as music, Fred thought. Smooth, insert, and hammer. Smooth, insert, and hammer! Fred would have liked to watch the shoemaker for a long time, but the other children grew restless. “I’m hungry,” Perry said. ” The mere thought of bread made Fred’s mouth water. He hadn’t had anything to eat except a few scoops of mush since he had eaten lunch with his grandmother the noon before. He was hungry, but he wasn’t hopeful about getting any bread. Aunt Katy was beating a carpet spread out on the grass.

Neither, of course, did Fred at his young age, but he realized it before he was many years older. Every word in a song was a testimony against slavery. Every verse expressed a yearning to be free. From this time on, Miss Lucretia favored Fred, and Aunt Katy resented his good luck. She was jealous because she had children of her own. Consequently, she often slapped Fred and accused him of all manner of things. She remembered his mother’s threats, however, and continued to feed him with the other children.

If he was going to look after a boy named Tommy, he probably would be a house servant. What luck! As soon as Miss Lucretia let him go, Fred made a beeline for the creek. He and the other children had often waded in the creek but had never bathed in it. They were too afraid of getting a licking from Aunt Katy for getting their clothes wet. This time, however, Fred sat down boldly. He grabbed a handful of sand and began to scour himself. Fred spent much of the next two days in the creek, 57 F R E DE R IC K D OUGL A S S scrubbing himself almost raw.

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