The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave by Frederick Douglass:|
came upon me, armed with sticks, stones, and heavy
handspikes. One came in front with a half brick.
There was one at each side of me, and one behind
me. While I was attending to those in front, and on
either side, the one behind ran up with the hand-
spike, and struck me a heavy blow upon the head.
It stunned me. I fell, and with this they all ran
upon me, and fell to beating me with their fists. I
let them lay on for a while, gathering strength. In
an instant, I gave a sudden surge, and rose to my
hands and knees. Just as I did that, one of their
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave