Frederick Douglass

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What were Douglass's two biggest problems as a child based on chapter 5 of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

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At the beginning of Chapter V, Frederick Douglass is a child on the plantation of Colonel Lloyd.  Because he is so young at this point, he really does not have to do much work.  He also says that he was not whipped very often.

He says that the only two things that he suffered from were hunger and cold.  He says that, of the two, the bigger problem was cold.  He says that he really was not given much in the way of clothing to wear, even in the winter.  He says all he had to wear was a long shirt and that on cold nights he had to steal a bag for carrying corn and sleep in it to avoid freezing.

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