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Essay heading: The life of Frederick Douglas as told by Himself
 
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Sophia, prior to her marriage had been a woman of her own means, and made a living by weaving. She had never been a slave holder before and knew virtually noting of how normal slave children should be brought up. One day Mr. Auld happened to walk in upon Sophia teaching Frederick the letters of the alphabet...
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He was extremely upset telling her how bad things could get if a slave was to become educated." Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read."(P.20) During his stay in Baltimore he realized that the aforementioned conversation was a gift from God...
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