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​“I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life ..."(Fredrick Douglas 35)

“clothing consisted of two coarse linen shirts, one pair of linen trousers, like the shirts, one jacket, one pair of trousers for winter, made of coarse negro cloth, one pair of stockings, and one pair of shoes; the whole of which could not have cost more than seven dollars.” (Fredrick Douglass 46)

“for miles around, reverberate with their wild songs, revealing at once the highest joy and the deepest sadness.”(Fredrick Douglas 51)