Thursday, October 25, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

1775 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs James Smith with her grandson

Former Maryland slave, abolitionist, orator, and editor Frederick Douglass described a fascination for “this mystery of reading.” After he got his first few lessons, though, his owner warned the teacher that, “if you learn him now to read, he’ll want to know how to write; and, this accomplished, he’ll be running away with himself.”