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Home > Books, History, Quotes, Reading, United States > What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 11 in a series – “…and from Miss Lucretia I got bread by singing when I was hungry.”

What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 11 in a series – “…and from Miss Lucretia I got bread by singing when I was hungry.”

August 5th, 2019

“Thus I had two friends, both at important points,—Mas’r Daniel at the great house, and Miss Lucretia at home. From Mas’r Daniel I got protection from the bigger boys, and from Miss Lucretia I got bread by singing when I was hungry, and sympathy when I was abused by the termagant in the kitchen. For such friendship I was deeply grateful, and bitter as are my recollections of slavery, it is a true pleasure to recall any instances of kindness, any sunbeams of humane treatment, which found way to my soul, through the iron grating of my house of bondage. Such beams seem all the brighter from the general darkness into which they penetrate, and the impression they make there is vividly distinct.”

From Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: (An African American Heritage Book)

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