Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

What does Douglass mean when he says,"Here was a recently converted man, holding on upon the mother, and at the same time turning out her helpless child, to starve and die! Master Thomas was one of the many pious slaveholders who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them.''

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Douglas is criticizing self-proclaimed "Christian" slave owners. He says their compassion includes casting out small children of mothers. They would use the mothers but let the children die.