what was life like for frederick douglas as young american slave boy in maryland ? think about his family ,childhood expreience, and his slave master father captain anthony. compare frederick douglass'life to harriet jacob's life
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Below is a link to an essay that compares and contrasts Douglass and Jacobs in great detail. I found this essay by searching Google Books for "compare Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs." That search turned up many items, but this one seemed especially relevant to your question. Notice that the publishers generously allow Google Books to "preview" the essay in its entirety.
I think we can draw a difference between the experience of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs in the way that, as a woman, Harriet was sexually abused and exploited, whereas Frederick Douglass was physically abused and exploited. It is clear that the account we are given of Frederick's life reveals that slavery took many different forms in lots of different contexts, dependent on the individual slave and their situation.
Frederick Douglass was rebellious as a slave in the early years of Maryland. Partly this was his personality and spirit, and partly it derived from his natural intelligence and curiosity. We get the distinct impression he questioned slavery and became self aware of his right to freedom at an early age. While his masters in those days were not as brutal as others, this did not necessarily lessen the extent of the cruelty he faced in daily living as a slave. He was rebellious enough that one of his Maryland masters sent him to Edward Covey the slavebreaker in 1837.
Frederick Douglass had some easy times and some hard times. One of the things that we learn from his narrative is that not all slaves were treated alike, and not all masters had the same view of slavery. At some points in his life he certainly had it easier than Harriet Jacobs, because as a man he was not sexually harassed. However as a man he was often worked extremely hard and abused when he was not performing up to expectations.
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