Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

what seems to be indicated about douglass's character by his account of his childhood


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He was like any child witnessing the horrors of slavery, he was shaped by them. His childhood was robbed from him.

"I remember the first time I ever witnessed this horrible exhibition. I was quite a child, but I well remember it. I never shall forget it whilst I remember any thing. It was the first of a long series of such outrages, of which I was doomed to be a witness and a participant. It struck me with awful force. It was the blood-stained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass. It was a most terrible spectacle. I wish I could commit to paper the feelings with which I beheld it." pg. 16