Frederick Douglass quote about man from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave - You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
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You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.
 Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). copy citation

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“I have already intimated that my condition was much worse, during the first six months of my stay at Mr. Covey's, than in the last six. The circumstances leading to the change in Mr. Covey's course toward me form an epoch in my humble history. You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man. On one of the hottest days of the month of August, 1833, Bill Smith, William Hughes, a slave named Eli, and myself, were engaged in fanning wheat. Hughes was clearing the fanned wheat from before the fan.” source

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