Douglass's escpe

Douglass's escpe

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  • Frederick Douglass was born and raised as a slave, not even know his own age.  Douglass had worked on a plantation when he was little, but was bought by Mr. and Mrs. Auld to work as their nanny.  Mrs. Auld taught Douglass how to read, but she soon found out that it was against the law. There was a theory that teaching a slave how to read will make the salve unfit to be a slave because they will get ideas about freedom.  Plus an educated salve will make it harder for their masters to control them.Douglass was sent to Mr. Freeland’s farm to work as a slave in 1835.  Here, Douglass teaches at a sabbath school and makes friends with his fellow slaves.  With his ability to read, he learns about the possibility of freedom and shares the idea with his fellow slaves.  He starts to persuade the other slaves that freedom was a possibility.
  • The scent of freedom was in the air.  Douglass started to realize that not all slaves and stayed slaves for ever.  Some slaves were given freedom while others escaped to freedom in.   Douglass's desire to become free overwhelmed him knew he would ever be freed by his master and the only way to escape was running away.  Douglass kept thinking what it would be like to be free! Every day he would become obsessed in making a plan to escape.  In the dark of night, Douglass formed a group of slaves, which consisted of mostly his friends.  They met and discussed the plan and troubles that they could face. Douglass knew that if the got caught that they would be treated at least 10 times worse than before. If they failed they would be sent west, far from any free states.  These facts would greatly discourage them from trying to escape again.
  • Early one morning the fellow slaves met to review their plans. Douglass spoke with excitement: “I have a plan to escape!” Follow slaves: “What do we have to do? We have wanted freedom the second you told us it was possible!” Douglass describes the plan, “The plan will require us to take canoes and travel by water through the Chesapeake Bay so we look like fishermen.  We will then follow the North star out of Maryland. I have made passes for each of us that says that we are going back for the holidays.” Fellow slaves, “How dangerous will this be? What are the chances that we will get caught?” Douglass, “We will pass watchmen at every gate and guards at the ferries.  If we cross a bridge, we will have to get by a guard or soldier. Every guard or soldier will want to check our papers.  We must stay calm so we don’t raise any suspicion ”
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