The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims, have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing.
At the beginning of the book, Douglass is a slave in both body and mind. When the book ends, he gets both his legal freedom and frees his mind. And if the book is like a highway map, then the mile markers are a series of "epiphanies," or moments of realization, that he has along the way.
Instead, he suffers without really knowing it. So his first turning point is sort of simplistic, but also important: The second stage of his life begins when the seven-year-old Douglass is sent to work for a new set of masters in Baltimore.
Baltimore is a whole new world for him, with a lot of new experiences, but the most important thing he learns there is the power of education. Douglass finds ways of educating himself, but the real lesson is that slavery exists not because the masters are better than their slaves, but because they keep their slaves ignorant.
Douglass starts to suspect that if slaves managed to educate themselves, it would be impossible to stop them from becoming free. As Douglass becomes a young man, he starts fighting to actually be free. For a while it works, and Douglass is reduced to the state of mind of an animal.
This is the lowest point in his life.
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So the next time Covey tries to whip him, he stands up to him, and after a two-hour fight, Covey leaves him alone. Douglass vows never to be whipped again. And he never is. And after one failed attempt, he finally succeeds and makes his way first to New York, then to Massachusetts.
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Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. quotes from Frederick Douglass: 'Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.', 'It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.', and 'I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.'.
Douglass' Narrative begins with the few facts he knows about his birth and parentage; his father is a slave owner and his mother is a slave named Harriet Bailey.
Here and throughout the autobiography, Douglass highlights the common practice of white slave owners raping slave women, both to satisfy.
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