Narrative Of The Life (English Edition)

Narrative Of The Life (English Edition) 路 Read a Narrative Of The Life (English Edition) pdf ﬌ Book By Frederick Douglass ﬢ CHAPTERI I WAS born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs, and it is the wish of most masters within my knowledge to keep their slaves thus ignorant I do not remember to have ever met a slave who could tell of his birthday They seldom come nearer to it than planting time, harvest time, cherry time, spring time, or fall time A want of information concerning my own was a source of unhappiness to me even during childhood The white children could tell their ages I could not tell why I ought to be deprived of the same privilege I was not allowed to make any inquiries of my master concerning it He deemed all such inquiries on the part of a slave improper and impertinent, and evidence of a restless spirit The nearest estimate I can give makes me now between twenty seven and twenty eight years of age I come to this, from hearing my master say, some time during 1835, I was about seventeen years old My mother was named Harriet Bailey She was the daughter of Isaac and Betsey Bailey, both colored, and quite dark My mother was of a darker complexion than either my grandmother or grandfather My father was a white man He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage The opinion was also whispered that my master was my father but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing the means of knowing was withheld from me My mother and I were separated when I was but an infantbefore I knew her as my mother It is a common custom, in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age Frequently, before the child has reached its twelfth month, its mother is taken from it, and hired out on some farm a considerable distance off, and the child is placed under the care of an old woman, too old for field labor For what this separation is done, I do not know, unless it be to hinder the development of the childs affection toward its mother, and to blunt and destroy the natural affection of the mother for the child This is the inevitable result I never saw my mother, to know her as such, than four or five times in my life and each of these times was very short in duration, and at night She was hired by a Mr Stewart, who lived about twelve miles from my home She made her journeys to see me in the night, travelling the whole distance on foot, after the performance of her days work She was a field hand, and a whipping is the penalty of not being in the field at sunrise, unless a slave has special permission from his or her master to the contrarya permission which they seldom get, and one that gives to him that gives it the proud name of being a kind master I do not recollect of ever seeing my mother by the light of day She was with me in the night She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone Very little communication ever took place between us Death soon ended what little we could have while she lived, and with it her hardships and suffering She died when I was about seven years old, on one of my masters farms, near Lees Mill I was not allowed to be present during her illness, at her death, or burial She was gone long before I knew any thing about it Never have enjoyed, to any considerable extent, her soothing presence, her tender and watchful care, I received the tidings of her death with much the same emotions I should have probably felt at the death of a stranger Called thus suddenly away, she left me without the slightest intimation of who my father was The whisper that my master was my father, may or may not be true and, true or false, it is of but little consequence to my purpose whilst the fact remains, in all its glaring odiousness, that slaveholders have ordained, and by law established, that the children of slave women shall in all cases follow the condition of their mothers and this is done too obviously to administer to their own lusts, and make a gratification of their wicked desires profitable as well as pleasurable for by this cunning arrangement, the slaveholder, in cases not a few, sustains to his slaves the double relation of master and father I know of such cases, and it is worthy, of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have to contend with, than others They are, in the first place, a constant offence to their mistress She is ever disposed to find fault with them they can seldom do any thing to please her she is never better pleased than when she sees them under the lash, especially when she suspects her husband of showing to his mulatto children favors which he withholds from his black slaves The master is frequently compelled to sell this class of his slaves, out of deference to the feelings of his white wife and, cruel as the deed may strike any one to be, for a man to sell his own children to human flesh mongers, it is often the dictate of humanity for him to do so for, unless he does this, he must not only whip them himself, but must stand by and see one white son tie up his brother, of but few shades darker complexion than himself, and ply the gory lash to his naked back and if he lisp one word of disapproval, it is set down to his parental partiality, and only makes a bad matter worse, both for himself and the slave whom he would protect and defend Every year brings with it multitudes of this class of slaves It was doubtless in consequence of a knowledge of this fact, that one great statesman of the south predicted the downfall of slavery by the inevitable laws of population Whether this prophecy is ever fulfilled or not, it is nevertheless plain that a very different looking class of people are springing up at the south, and are now held in slavery, from those originally brought to this country from Africa and if their increase will do no other good, it will do away the force of the argument, that God cursed Ham, and therefore American slavery is right If the lineal descendants of Ham are alone to be scripturally enslaved, it is certain that slavery at the south must soon become unscriptural for thousands are ushered into the world, annually, who, like myself, owe their existence to white fathers, and those fathers most frequently their own masters I have had two masters My first masters name was Anthony I do not remember his first name He was generally called Captain Anthonya title which, I presume, he acquired by sailing a craft on the Chesapeake Bay He was not considered a rich slaveholder He owned two or three farms, and about thirty slaves His farms and slaves were under the care of an overseer The overseers name was Plummer Mr Plummer was a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer, and a savage monster He always went armed with a cowskin and a heavy cudgel I have known him to cut and slash the womens heads so horribly, that even master would be enraged at his cruelty, and would threaten to whip him if he did not mind himself Master, however, was not a humane slaveholder It required extraordinary barbarity on the part of an overseer to affect him He was a cruel man, hardened by a long life of slave holding He would at times seem to take great pleasure in whipping a slave I have often been awakened at the dawn of day by the most heart rending shrieks of an own aunt of mine, whom he used to tie up to a joist, and whip upon her naked back till she was literally covered with blood No words, no tears, no prayers, from his gory victim, seemed to move his iron heart from its bloody purpose The louder she screamed, the harder he whipped and where the blood ran fastest, there he whipped longest He would whip her to make her scream, and whip her to make her hush and not until overcome by fatigue, would he cease to swing the blood clotted cowskin I remember the first time I ever witnessed this horrible exhibition I was quite a child, but I well remember it I never shall forget it whilst I remember any thing It was the first of a long series of such outrages, of which I was doomed to be a witness and a participant It struck me with awful force It was the blood stained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass It was a most terrible spectacle I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with which I beheld it.Grade 9 Up This classic text in both American literature and American history is read by Pete Papageorge with deliberation and simplicity, allowing the author s words to bridge than 160 years to today s listeners Following a stirring preface by William Lloyd Garrison who, nearly 20 years after he first met Douglass, would himself lead the black troops fighting from the North in the Civil War , the not yet 30 year old author recounts his life s story, showing effective and evocative use of language as well as unflinchingly examining many aspects of the Peculiar Institution of American Slavery Douglass attributes his road to freedom as beginning with his being sent from the Maryland plantation of his birth to live in Balti as a young boy There, he learned to read and, importantly, learned the power of literacy In early adolescence, he was returned to farm work, suffered abuse at the hands of cruel overseers, and witnessed abuse visited on fellow slaves He shared his knowledge of reading with a secret Sunday school of 40 fellow slaves during his last years of bondage In his early 20 s, he ran away to the North and found refuge among New England abolitionists Douglass, a reputed orator, combines concrete description of his circumstances with his own emerging analysis of slavery as a condition This recording makes his rich work available to those who might feel encumbered by the printed page and belongs as an alternative in all school and public library collections.Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CACopyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. 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  • 125 pages
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Anglais
  • 15 November 2016