Frederick Douglass was born somewhere in the early 1800’s, where he was born into slavery. He didn’t know his parents very well, he only saw his mother about five times in his life. He has had many slave owners throughout his life, though. One of the most nicest slave holders he had was a guy names Mr. Freeland. Mr. Freeland was a less cruel man, and did not whip Douglass as much as other slave holders would. He wouldn't whip douglass that much, and he even tried to help Douglass whenever he is in need. This is a great part in Douglass's life because he could concentrate more on trying up escape up north, so he could become a free man in the state of Maryland. Mr Freeland taught him like a real person and he even gave him more breaks when douglass needed them most.
Frederick had a Sabbath school back then, in which he taught other slaves about religion and other types of education. Frederick was really determined to give the slaves an education they deserved, just like himself. Soon later, slave holders figured out what was going on, and they shut down the Sabbath school. Apparently you can’t give slaves an education, because they didn't need one if they would just be working.When his school got shut down, he wanted to make a plan to escape slavery, so he gathered up some of his most trusted friends. They would work for days on plans that they eventually figured out would not work, based on the challenging obstacles of not getting caught, and what might happen to them if that happens. “Why don’t we move north, towards Canada?” said one of the slaves. “We barely know anything about anything past New York, let alone Canada,” said Douglass.
Douglass and his friends were working hard. One day they figured out a perfect escape plan to get up north, and get to Maryland without being caught. It was a very risky situation, but Douglass knew that they could successfully pull the plan off if they did everything just right. They would first find a way to distract some of the other slave holders around, and then they would run through a forest. Once they got to the end of the forest, there would be a river up north that they would swim up too. They took the waterway because they were less likely to be suspected as runaways, but if they would take the land route, Douglass believed that they would run into all sorts of problems. From there when they got to the end of the river route, they would then take the land route all the way to the border of Maryland.