Frederick Douglass, was a slave like many others who were born into slavery.
However, Douglass was one of few who were lucky enough to escape to freedom. As a
result, he wrote his Bibliography; The Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, an
American Slave. He writes of his experiences in rural Maryland under it’s hard conditions,
and his experiences in the city of Baltimore where he learned to read and write on top of
many other things. In doing so, he states some similarities and some differences.
One of many differences between Baltimore and rural Maryland Douglass describes is
that the plantation had long working hours with less food. Overseers would give little to eat
and little time to eat resulting in little energy and lots of labor. “ We were often less than five
minutes taking our meals” (Pg. 71). As expressed, This is just one difference between the
Baltimore and Maryland..
Another difference Douglass speaks about is that slave owners in Baltimore care a lot
more for their reputation. They dress their slaves better and whipping is less severe. “Few are
willing to incur the odium attaching to the reputation of being a cruel master…”(pg 31).
Clearly, this is another difference Douglass speaks of in his book.
Last but not least, another difference Douglass stated in the bibliography is that slaves
in the city live in a house with their master, while rural slaves lived in small shelters without
a bed. “here were no beds given the slaves, unless one coarse blanket be considered such”
(Pg. 8). As you can see, these are just s...