His influence can be seen in the politics and writings of almost all major African-American writers, from Richard Wright to Maya Angelou. Douglass, however, is an inspiration to more than just African Americans. He spoke out against oppression throughout America and abroad, and his struggle for freedom, self-discovery, and identity stands as a testament for all time, for all people.
Lloyd has a large cultivated garden that people from all over Maryland come to see. Some slaves can not resist eating fruit out of it. To prevent them, Lloyd puts tar on the fence surrounding the garden and whips any slave found with tar on him. Colonel Lloyd also has an impressive stable with horses and carriages.
The stable is run by two slaves, a father and son named old Barney and young Barney. The Colonel is picky about his horses and often whips both men for minute faults in the horses that even they themselves cannot even control.
Despite the injustice of this system, the slaves can never complain. Colonel Lloyd insists that his slaves stand silent and afraid while he speaks and that they receive punishment without comment.
Douglass recalls seeing old Barney kneel on the ground and receive more than thirty lashes. One day, the Colonel meets a slave traveling on the road.
Lloyd, without identifying himself, asks the slave about his owner and how well he is treated. The slave responds that his owner is Colonel Lloyd, and that he is not treated well. Several weeks later, the slave is chained and sold to a Georgia slave trader for the offense to Lloyd.
This is the punishment, Douglass concludes, that awaits slaves who tell the truth. Douglass explains that many slaves, if asked, always report being contented with their life and their masters, for fear of punishment. This suppression of the truth is common to all people, slaves or free.
Slaves sometimes truthfully speak well of their masters, too.
It is also common for slaves to become competitive and prejudiced about their masters. Slaves sometimes argue over whose master is kinder, even if the masters are not kind at all. Hopkins, is fired after only a short time and replaced by Mr. Gore is proud, ambitious, cunning, and cruel, and his domination over the slaves is total.
He does not argue or hear protests and sometimes provokes slaves only for an excuse to punish them. Gore thrives on the Great House Farm. His ensures that all of the slaves bow down to him, while he, in turn, willingly bows down to the Colonel.
Gore is a silent man, never joking as some overseers would. He performs barbaric deeds of punishment with a cool demeanor.A summary of Chapters III–IV in Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
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