- For Teachers
As a slave it's only natural to cling to curiosity and like a sponge submerged into a bucket of water, a slave is quick to retain all he or she is taught by their surroundings, intentionally or unintentionally. Born as a slave, in February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland the abolitionist, women's right advocate, journalist; newspaper editor, social reformer and race leader was Fredrick Douglass. On the Lloyd plantation Frederick experiences at an early stage of his childhood the horrors and the routine injustices of slavery. This is where the urge for freedom began. It wasn't until he was 8 years old, when he moved to Baltimore,mARYLAND to live and to work for as a slave, where he gained his awareness and experience of the importance of reading and writing. Through his miraculous accomplishments of almost teaching himself to read and write this fueled his own sense of freedom. It seems the more he learned his consciousness of freedom grew. He hated the injustices and inhuman acts of slavery thus when enough courage was instilled into him, he began to fight back. In 1838 Douglass made his escape from slavery to pursue his20vision of freedom in the North. Later in 1845 he wrote A Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, this was to prove his credibility to all public. This narrative promotes an important message of freedom and that is learning from our experiences. To elaborate more, in order to really comprehend what freedom is a person must experience a life without freedom; the life of a slave is the experience that Fredrick Douglass brought to the public, with his words as he spoke to his listeners and with the words written in his literature to his readers of his own experience. To him there was always something greater to achieve from his own freedom to the freedom of his people.