Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass

Douglass says the first time he saw Mater whip his aunt, "It was the blood-stained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which i was about to pass." What does he mean by this?

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In context, Douglass was referring to his own future.... the violence against those he knew, and the violence against him individually by slave owners.