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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 25 in a series – “There was in him all the love of domination, the pride of mastery, and the swagger of authority…”

August 18th, 2019

“Capt. Auld was not a born slaveholder—not a birthright member of the slave-holding oligarchy. He was only a slaveholder by marriage-right; and of all slaveholders these were by far the most exacting. There was in him all the love of domination, the pride of mastery, and the swagger of authority; but his rule lacked the vital element of consistency. He could be cruel; but his methods of showing it were cowardly, and evinced his meanness, rather than his spirit. His commands were strong, his enforcements weak.”

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

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