What can the reader infer about Frederick Douglass learning to write?

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Frederick Douglass was a man who was born into slavery.  However he later became a famous orator, writer, and presidential adviser.  

Douglass did not begin to read and write until the age of 12.  He was a household slave for the Ald family in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mrs. Ald began to teach him his letters, even though there were laws in place preventing her from doing so.  Later, after Mrs. Ald was forbidden to teach him further, he pursued his own instruction by approaching students and others around him.  By the time he was 16 he was teaching other slaves how to read and write. 

So, what can we infer about Frederick Douglass learning to write?  We can infer he had an intelligent mind. He was able to learn quickly.  We can infer he had a determined spirit.  When Mrs. Ald wasn't able to teach him any more, he did not give up.  He continued finding other people who could teach him to read and write.  We can infer he wanted to help his community and give back to others.  He started teaching other slaves how to read and write.  

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