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Talbot County - The narrator is born in this county, where it is common for slaves to be mistreated.

Great House Farm - Douglass spends his early childhood here, and it is considered by slaves in the surrounding areas to be a privileged place to work.

Slave Songs - Some think these are evidence of the slave's happiness, but Douglass sees in them a slave's deepest anguish.

Baltimore - Douglass is unexpectedly sent to live here with Captain Thomas Auld's brother, Hugh Auld. Douglass learns how to read and write here.

The Columbian Orator - This opens up for Douglass a whole new world of ideas such as freedom, truth, and liberty. Douglass is first introduced to the antislavery approach through this.

Abolitionist Movement - Douglass first comes across this term in a book. After his escape, he is helped by reformers and eventually Douglass himself becomes...

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