Frederick Douglass Writes to His Former Slave Owner – Witnify

The Political Agitator response: This is long but it is good! I just posted earlier I don’t hate anyone and this man has been a slave and told his former Master he was not mad with him. Ain’t that something? Took his dignity and family and the brother still won’t mad. Whew!

In this open letter from former slave, abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass to his former owner, Thomas Auld, Douglass explains his personal journey from slave to free man. In doing so, he examines the nature of freedom and the injustice of slavery, thereby revealing to his former “master” the inability of any man to be master of another. In it, Douglass champions education, hard work and equality. The letter:

To Thomas Auld

September 3d, 1848


The long and intimate, though by no means friendly relation which unhappily subsisted between you and myself, leads me to hope that you will easily account for the great liberty which I now take in addressing you in this open and public manner. (Source: Read more)