Frederick Douglass - Research Article from Activists, Rebels and Reformers

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Born into slavery

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Tuckahoe, Maryland, in 1817 (the exact date of his birth was not recorded). He knew his mother—a slave named Harriet Bailey—only briefly, as she was sold to another plantation when he was a baby. (At the time it was common for slaveholders to separate children from their mothers before the child’s first birthday.) Douglass never knew the identity of his father; he only knew that his father was a white man. His father was most likely his master, Captain Aaron Anthony.

Douglass lived with his grandparents, Betsey and Isaac Bailey, for his first seven years. They resided in a two-story windowless cabin with a clay floor in the little town of Tuckahoe. The Baileys, also the property of Anthony, were charged with raising the children of plantation slaves so that the children&rsquo...

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