Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Why do slaves from different plantations argue about their masters?

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Douglas describes how slaves often "imbibe prejudices quite common to others. They think their own masters better than that of others." Slaves often found a sense of identity and purpose through their respective masters. They somehow felt that the greatness of their masters could be transferred to their own sense of worth. Slaves frequently fought each other over the greatness of their respective masters.