by Frederick Douglass from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
Chapter VIII passage: Frederick Douglass, born about 1818, was an icon of the abolitionist movement. Born into slavery, he escaped to freedom as a young man. His insights into the misery of slavery were invaluable to the movement. This passage is from his autobiography and tells of when he was just 10 years old. After reading the selection, students will answer questions on the plot and the theme.