Fredrick Douglass Outline
a. Where Douglass was born.
1. Frederick Douglass was born in a slave cabin, in February 1818,
2. Born near the town of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
b. Who raised Douglass?
1.He was separated from his mother when only a few weeks old
2. He was raised by his grandparents. At about the age of six, his grandmother took him to the plantation of his master and left him there. He had no idea he was going to be left there.
c. Douglass’s learns to read
1.When eight he was sent to Baltimore where his master’s wife taught him the alphabet.
2.When her husband told her not to teach him any more Douglass tried to learn on his own.
3. Douglass ended up giving his food away for lessons. He bought a copy of “The Columbian Orator” a schoolbook, which helped him understand written work.
d. Secret schools
1. 1833 Douglass was taken from Baltimore and brought to Maryland by his master, Thomas Auld. Their Douglass started secret schools for slaves. One of the schools was broken up by a mob. Douglass was then sent to a “slave breaker” who wanted to control his “rebellious activities”.
2. 1836 he tried to escape but was caught then sent back to Thomas Auld.
3. He tired to buy his own freedom but failed.
In 1837, he met Anna Murray, a free African-American woman.
E. He escaped from slavery.
1.1838,Douglass escaped from slavery.
2. Douglass and his wife and kids settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Douglass found work as a caulker for ships.
f. The Liberator
1.In Bradford Douglass read the “Liberator, which was William Garrison’s abolitionist journal
2. He than started to go to antislavery meetings that were held in churches.
3. In those meetings he would tell of his past experiences.
e. His Slave Experiences.
1. In 1841 at an Antislavery convention in Massachusetts Douglass told of his “slave experiences”