Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

7. Who was Austin Gore and his maxims? What did he do to Demby? Why? Gore’s punishment?

Frederick Douglass

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Mr. Austin Gore: The man who replaces Mr. Hopkins, Gore has all the qualities of a first-rate overseer: ambition, discipline, and workmanlike severity. Mr. Gore shoots and kills a slave named Demby because he would not listen to his warnings. He defends himself by making the argument that if slaves are not punished for disobedience, it will be mean the end of slavery. His explanation is accepted and his reputation as a quality overseer spreads.