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Peculiar Institution of Slavery

It is interesting how would Sophia Auld feel if she found out she helped spark the fire leading to the abolition of slavery in the United States? It was not even possible to suggest that teaching a young slave boy several letters of the alphabet would be the start of the creation of one of the greatest civil rights’ leaders of all time? Although it is really hard to believe it, but young Frederick Bailey was gaining a mind of his own. He has a great desire for education and for freedom.

The same as many other slaves, Frederick did not know when exactly he was born. He only knew that he was born in the Tidewater region of Maryland. He was a son of a black slave mother and a white father, possibly his master, Captain Anthony. His grandmother controlled the plantation’s children. He was often ignored by the white overseers. The most often he was hungry and cold. He had quite often to move from one place to another. The lack of roots or identity was used to prevent slaves from developing their own minds. However, Frederick was the exception.

It was a usual thing for whites to share their slaves with relatives or friends. When he was around eight years old (his mother had died by that time), Frederick was moved permanently into Hugh Auld’s house, a brother of Thomas Auld who was a son-in-law of Captain Anthony. Sophia, the wife of Hugh, was kind to Frederick in the beginning. She started to teach him basic grammar until her husband asked her to stop doing that. However, Frederick had a great desire for learning and start learning secretly.

When he was able to write and read, he started teaching other slaves. At that time he was working for William Freeland. He started giving lessons to other slaves. That lasted for about six months. Some of the owners did not like the idea of their slave to be educated. One Sunday, they, armed with clubs and stones, tried to stop the lessons. During his life, Frederick experienced beating and other harsh methods used to suppress him.

Several times he tried to escape and finally he managed to do it by going to David Ruggles in New York City. By that time he was married to Anna-Murray, a free black woman.

In 1839, he became a licensed preacher. He worked at several different places, including steward. Frederick worked hard on developing his oratory skills. Eventually, he became an anti-slavery lecturer. He died on 20 of February 1895 of a massive heart attack just after attending a meeting of the National Council of Women.

It is interesting how would Sophia Auld feel if she found out she helped spark the fire leading to the abolition of slavery in the United States? It was not even possible to suggest that teaching a young slave boy several letters of the alphabet would be the start of the creation of one of the greatest civil rights’ leaders of all time? Although it is really hard to believe it, but young

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