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The setting of the book is in antebellum America. Most of the story takes place in Maryland in the homes of the various slave owners where Douglass is serving before he manages to escape to the North. The rest of the story takes place in New York and Massachusetts.
The time period of the setting is 1818-1841. Specifically, it takes place in Baltimore, Maryland and on the eastern shore of Maryland, New York City, and in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
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