Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Why does Douglasss get into a fight with white carpenters when he is learning to caulk ships? How do Douglass's master and mistress react to his injuries?

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White carpenters felt that these "free" Negros would take their jobs. Some apprentices would harass Douglass with ethnic insults and physical assault. Master Hugh and his wife were angry. His wife was moved to tears at Douglas's condition.