Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Which excerpt from the autobiography best demonstrates Douglass's main idea that violence is used to intimidate the slaves?


"A city slave is almost a freeman, compared with a slave on the plantation. He is much better fed and clothed, and enjoys privileges altogether unknown to a slave on the plantation."


"I spent that day mostly in the woods, having the alternative before me,β€”to go home and be whipped to death, or stay in the woods and be starved to death."


"The children were then called, like so many pigs, and like so many pigs they would come and devour the mush; some with oyster-shells, others with a piece of shingle, some with naked hands, and none with spoons."


"Added to the cruel lashings to which these slaves were subjected, they were kept nearly half-starved. They seldom knew what it was to eat a full meal."

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All of the choices really reflect this theme. "B" seems to be a good choice followed by "D".