Frederick Douglass: Young Defender of Human Rights (Young by Elisabeth P. Myers

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 information his tough upbringing as a slave on a Maryland plantation, his early separation from his mom, and his circulation as a young person 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. distinct good points contain 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 existence.

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Uncle Abel mumbled something through his mouthful of tacks. Then, realizing that he couldn’t speak clearly, he spit the tacks into his hand. ” he asked loudly and clearly. “I guess so,” replied Fred, for he knew his mother’s name was Harriet. ” Perry asked. Uncle Abel nodded. “I’m getting some shoes ready for next allowance day,” he said. He kept a few tacks loose in his hand. Then, popping the others back into his mouth, he returned to his job. Fred was fascinated by the routine, as Uncle Abel smoothed the leather, inserted a tack, and hammered.

She asked. “No, ma’am,” said Fred. He had often been told that slaves were wise only to say yes or no to white people. Otherwise, they might get a whipping for 56 F RED TA K ES A T RIP being familiar. Miss Lucretia laughed again. “I’m going to tell you anyway. You are going to Baltimore to live with Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Auld. Mr. Auld is my husband’s brother. ” Fred forgot his lesson about not talking. ” he cried. ” “Yes, you,” Miss Lucretia replied. ” She looked at him closely again. “You’ll have to have some other clothes,” she added.

The things she asked him to do were easy. On hot days, he waved a palm-leaf fan to cool her. On cool days, he brought her foot-warming bricks, which were kept always ready on the back of the wood stove in the kitchen for just that purpose. Sometimes he held her horse’s bridle while she mounted, or gave her a “hand up” as she stepped into her carriage. Fred made a habit of playing under Miss Lucretia’s window, so he’d be ready when she called. One day, while he was playing there, he sang a tune he’d learned from an enslaved man on one of Colonel Lloyd’s ships.

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