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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Find two examples where Douglass points out how slavery negatively affected whites in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Please typeout the exact quotes and cite the page numbers. Explain why you feel the quote fits the criteria.

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In chapter 7, Frederick Douglass illustrates how institutional slavery negatively affects the white slaveholders by describing how Mrs. Auld's personality dramatically changed for the worse. Frederick mentions that when he first arrived at Mrs. Auld's home, she was a sweet, compassionate woman. Sh felt that it was her duty to care for Frederick and educate him. However, Mrs. Auld gradually developed into a callous woman, who went out of her way to treat Frederick with contempt. Frederick Douglass writes,

"Slavery proved as injurious to her as it did to me. When I went there, she was a pious, warm, and tender-hearted woman. There was no sorrow or suffering for which she had not a tear. She had bread for the hungry, clothes for the naked, and comfort for every mourner that came within her reach. Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities. Under its influence, the tender heart became stone, and the lamblike disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness"...

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