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Black and Education Danita Smith

    • Maatschappij & cultuur

Looking for stories that might inspire you about real-life people who faced challenging odds? Or for information you might want to share with children about their history? This podcast and these stories might be for you! You can also visit our website, BlackandEducation.com, to read the stories related to these podcasts, view our books and read more articles about education.

    Chapter 7 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 7 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    … ]I was compelled to resort to various stratagems. I had no regular
    teacher. My mistress, who had kindly commenced to instruct me, had, in
    compliance with the advice and direction of her husband, not only ceased to
    instruct, but had set her face against my being instructed by any one else.
    It is due, however, to my mistress to say of her, that she did not adopt
    this course of treatment immediately. She at first lacked the depravity
    indispensable to shutting me up in mental darkness. It was at least
    necessary for her to have some training in the exercise of irresponsible
    power, to make her equal to the task of treating me as though I were a
    brute.

    • 12 min.
    Chapter 6 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 6 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the
    door,—a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings. She had never had a
    slave under her control previously to myself, and prior to her marriage she
    had been dependent upon her own industry for a living. She was by trade a
    weaver; and by constant application to her business, she had been in a good
    degree preserved from the blighting

    • 7 min.
    Chapter 5 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 5 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    As to my own treatment while I lived on Colonel Lloyd's plantation, it was
    very similar to that of the other slave children. I was not old enough to
    work in the field, and there being little else than field work to do, I had
    a great deal of leisure time. The most I had to do was to drive up the cows
    at evening, keep the fowls out of the garden, keep the front yard clean,
    and run of errands for my old master's daughter, Mrs. Lucretia Auld. The
    most of my leisure time I spent in helping Master Daniel Lloyd in finding
    his birds, after he had shot them. My connection with Master Daniel was of
    some advantage to me

    • 8 min.
    Chapter 4 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 4 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    …Mr. Austin Gore, a man possessing, in an eminent degree, all those traits
    of character indispensable to what is called a first-rate overseer. Mr.
    Gore had served Colonel Lloyd, in the capacity of overseer, upon one of the
    out-farms, and had shown himself worthy of the high station of overseer
    upon the home or Great House Farm.

    He was just the man for such a place, and it was just the place for such a
    man.

    • 9 min.
    Chapter 3 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 3 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Colonel Lloyd kept a large and finely cultivated garden, which afforded
    almost constant employment for four men, besides the chief gardener, (Mr.
    M'Durmond.) This garden was probably the greatest attraction of the place.
    During the summer months, people came from far and near—from Baltimore,
    Easton, and Annapolis—to see it. It abounded in fruits of almost every
    description, from the hardy apple of the north to the delicate orange of
    the south. This garden was not the least source of trouble…

    • 8 min.
    Chapter 2 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Chapter 2 - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    The men and women slaves received, as their monthly allowance of food,
    eight pounds of pork, or its equivalent in fish, and one bushel of corn
    meal. Their yearly clothing consisted of two coarse linen shirts, one pair
    of linen trousers, like the shirts, one jacket, one pair of trousers for
    winter, made of coarse negro cloth, one pair of stockings, and one pair of
    shoes; the whole of which could not have cost more than seven dollars.

    • 11 min.

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