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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Why did Douglass leave Baltimore for the second time in chapter VIII?

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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.  Douglass then has to leave the city to be divided up with the rest of the owner's property.  This is the first time he leaves Baltimore.

Douglass ends up being sent back to the city with his new owner, Lucretia, daughter of the old owner.  But not long after that, Lucretia dies.  Eventually, Douglass is sent out of the city to live with Lucretia's widower.  This is why he leaves Baltimore the second time -- to go live with Thomas Auld.

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