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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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why did douglass not want togo with master andrew? from chapter VIII from narrative of the life of frederick douglass.

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At the start of this chapter, Frederick Douglass is a slave living in the city of Baltimore.  His owner lives on a plantation elsewhere.  Early in the chapter, Douglass hears that his owner has died.  He has died without having left a will.

Douglass and the rest of the property are going to be split up between the former owners two kids.  One is Master Andrew.  No one wants to end up with him because he is a brutal man.  He was also a drunk who wasted money.  They knew that if he took them, he would end up having to sell them farther south to get money for himself.

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