Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Questions and Answers
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How did Frederick Douglass describe slave life on Colonel Lloyd’s plantation in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

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Conditions are harsh and cruel on Colonel Lloy's plantation, but the slaves are used to it.

Douglass describes the harsh conditions on Colonel Lloyd’s plantation in great detail.  For example, he describes the slaves’ meager allotment of food and clothing.

The men and women slaves received, as their monthly allowance of food, eight pounds of pork, … and one bushel of corn meal. Their yearly clothing consisted of two coarse linen shirts, one pair of linen trousers … one jacket, one pair of trousers for winter… one pair of stockings, and one pair of shoes … (Ch. 2)

They also were not allowed beds, sleeping on the floor with a coarse blanket.  Douglass did not consider this a great hardship because the slaves had such harsh lives in general, and they did not know any differently.  It demonstrates what a difficult position they were in.  They were treated unfairly and suffered deprivation...

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