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" My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was also whispered that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from... "
Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Student Casebook to Issues ... - Page 143
by Claudia Durst Johnson - 1996 - 246 pages
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Five Hundred Thousand Strokes for Freedom: A Series of Anti-slavery Tracts ...

1853 - 352 pages
...out of his sight, as far south as she could be got." EXTRACTS FROM THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS. " My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant. It is a common custom in the part of Maryland from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers...
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Frederick Douglass - 1982 - 159 pages
...Captain Aaron Anthony. His father, says Douglass, "was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was also whispered that my master [Captain Anthony] was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing; the means...
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Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory

Houston A. Baker - 1987 - 227 pages
...episodes in the Narrative foregrounded by the ideological notion of the palimpsest serves to illustrate. "My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant before I knew her as my mother," asserts the narrator of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (p. 22). "It is a common custom,"...
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The Journey Back

Houston A. Baker, Jr. - 1980 - 198 pages
...brutality and uncertainty: I have no accurate knowledge of my age. The opinion was . . . whispered about that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing. [Pp. 21-22] My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant. [P. 22] I was seldom whipped by...
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The Slave's Narrative

Charles T. Davis, Henry Louis Gates Jr. - 1991 - 342 pages
...brutality and uncertainty: I have no accurate knowledge of my age. The opinion was . . . whispered about that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing. [Pp. 21-22] My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant. [P. 22] I was seldom whipped by...
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Figures in Black : Words, Signs, and the "Racial" Self: Words, Signs, and ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Chairman of the Department of Afro-American Studies and W.E.B. DuBois Professor of the Humanities Harvard University - 1987 - 348 pages
...writes that "my master was my father": "My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was...my master was my father; but of the correctness of that opinion, I know nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from me." Just ten years later, writing...
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Ideology and Classic American Literature

Sacvan Bercovitch, Myra Jehlen, Albert Gelpi - 1986 - 451 pages
...Vassa's work, it would trace the eighteenth-century African's economic topography in all major details. "My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant -before I knew her as my mother," writes Douglass's narrator (p. 22). "It is a common custom," he continues, "in the part of Maryland...
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The Difference Within: Feminism and Critical Theory

Elizabeth A. Meese, Alice Parker - 1989 - 220 pages
...and unnamed fatherhood made known: "My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was...of the correctness of this opinion, I know nothing. . .(Douglass 21-22). Frederick Douglass by any other name would tell the same tale over and over again...
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Investigating Subjectivity: Research on Lived Experience

Carolyn Ellis, Michael G. Flaherty - 1992 - 259 pages
...seen any accurate record containing it. My father was a white man. He was admitted to be such by all I ever heard speak of my parentage. The opinion was...nothing; the means of knowing was withheld from me. (Cunningham l989, pp. 47,48) Cunningham makes a great deal of the n on subject status of Douglass as...
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Bordering on the Body: The Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture

Laura Doyle - 1994 - 288 pages
...from parents, in particular a mother. Frederick Douglass recalls at the outset of his narrative that "my mother and I were separated when I was but an infant." 11 JWC Pennington opens his story by bemoaning the "evil of slavery" which left his parents unable...
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