Excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Learning to Read and Write by Frederick Douglass

A word abut the author

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, in approximately 1818. He was owned by several different masters before escaping to New York in 1838, where he found shelter in the home of abolitionist David Ruggles. After moving to Massachusetts with his wife, Douglass became active in the abolitionist movement and became part of the American Anti-Slavery Society's "Hundred Conventions" project. This was just the beginning of a speaking and publishing career.

A word about the text

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was first published in 1845. This means that you will find many differences in spelling and punctuation compared with modern English—the language has changed a great deal in 174 years. Do not let these differences distract you. They are not the main point of this assignment.

The Teacher Who Could Not Read

I was a teacher for 17 years, but I couldn't read or write by John Corcoran.

A word about the author

John Corcoran is an American author and the founder of the John Corcoran foundation. He is severely dyslexic and read at a second-grade level until the age of 48. Learn more about him by following this Wikipedia link.