Frederick Douglass was a slave who was born on a plantation in 1818. Douglass had been a slave for his entire life, and only saw his mother about 5 times in his whole life. He was separated from his mother at a very young age. Douglass lived a very hard life, and was not being treated like a human being. So he promised his mother he would not die as a slave. Douglass was remembering this and he told himself that the year 1835 will not pass without an attempt to get to the north, and be free from slavery.
Douglass lived on a slave plantation with some of the slaves who had gone to the Sabbath school. He was eager to have them join him on the journey. So he went to john, Henery, and others asking if they wanted to join him. It took persuading, but eventually, Douglass had filled their minds with thoughts of freedom they agreed to go with him.
Douglass has decided it is the right time he is going to start planning his escape. Douglass, John, Henry, and the others started talking about the plan and finally came up with one they thought was going to be safe enough. First they would steal a large canoe belonging to Mr. Hamilton, his slave master at the time. He was then going to paddle up the Chesapeake Bay and hope to come across as if they were fishermen. They would then follow the north star until they got to the borders of Maryland. Douglass knew it would be risky but it was the safest way to get to the north. About a week before they planned on leaving Douglass wrote several protections for himself and the others going with him.