Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Chapter 3: Plantation life

What more do we know about plantation life and the thinking of the slaves from reading Chapeter III ?

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In this brief chapter Douglass wrote more of life on Colonel Lloyd's plantation. He detailed the temptation faced by the slaves to sneak into the verdant garden for a piece of exotic fruit and further illustrated the unjustness and brutality that characterized a slave's life through the capricious treatment of the slaves who tended the stable – Old Barney and Young Barney. He also explained why most slaves would say positive things about their masters when questioned, for they never knew to whom they were talking. White southerners, known or unknown, could not be trusted, as the poor slave out on the road who did not know Colonel Lloyd's face and accidentally told him directly that he was treated poorly by his master discovered firsthand.