The Narrative of Frederick Douglass: What is Family To a Slave

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LiteratureThe Narrative of Frederick Douglass

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his father he tells a story at one point about

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his grandmother who watched all of her children sold away [Grandmother watching children]

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from her one by one by one and was never

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able to do anything about it Frederick douglass is very

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conscious of the fact that even after he becomes a

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free man there will always be a huge void in

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his life He'll never really have a family He couldn't [Frederick's free life checklist]

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get married as a slave slaves often they were married

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they chose partners and they obviously had children but they

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weren't legally married Yeah so he can only become legally [Slaves marrying with Elvis]

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married after he's free He can only really have children

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once he is free and has the stability and the

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security to provide for them And so in this autobiography

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his family his marriage aren't really mentioned that much probably [Frederick standing below rain cloud]

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because his freedom was still so recent that he was

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still grappling with it He still didn't totally feel as

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though he had a family and his life or knew

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how to talk about it How does slavery affect the [Questions appear]

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concept of family Why did douglas right so little about