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Fredrick Douglas, formerly known as Fredrick Bailey, was born into slavery in 1818. He remained in slavery until he escaped in 1838 at the age of 20. After he became a free man, he was one of the biggest abolitionists of his time. However, before he was free he passed through the hands of many owners, masters, and slave abusers.
It all started when he was born into the Colonel Edward Lloyd slave work force. Colonel Lloyd was a very rich man who owned more slaves than he could count, including Douglas and the majority of his family. Colonel Lloyd was not a fair man, he demanded much more than he should have even from his slaves and frequently punished them even when they did not deserve it. Captain Anthony was a clerk for Colonel Lloyd and did most of the daily dealings with Colonel Lloyds property and slaves. Thus he was Douglass’s first master. Captain Anthony, got his name from sailing up the Chesapeake Bay, and he was no stranger to the whip. He would frequently whip the slaves for no reason at all.
Around 1826 Captain Anthony died and Douglas was sent to live with his heir Captain Thomas Auld. Additional owners included Thomas’s wife Lucretia, and his brother and sister-in-law Hugh and Sophia. Thomas did not actually grow up with slaves; he only got Douglas because of his marriage to Lucretia. After going to a meeting of the church in Maryland, Thomas decided that slavery was a good thing and being the newly devoted Christian he was he brutally beat his slaves because he thought that is what was right. Lucretia grew up with slaves and never treated them with respect either, she was just as bad if not worse than her husband. Thomas’s brother Hugh and his wife Sophia often borrowed Douglas from the family. Since Hugh had not grown up with slaves either he unknowingly gave Hugh more information about education than planned. He informed Douglas that the only way that whites could maintain control is by...

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