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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 64 in a series – “…painfully alive to the liability which surrounded me…”

”I became myself painfully alive to the liability which surrounded me, and which might at any moment scatter all my proud hopes, and return me to a doom worse than death. It was thus I was led to seek a refuge in monarchial England, from the dangers of republican slavery. A rude, uncultivated fugitive slave, I was driven to that country to which American young gentlemen go to increase their stock of knowledge— to seek pleasure, and to have their rough democratic manners softened by contact with English aristocratic refinement.”

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

Why I'm Reading: He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.

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