Douglass's Journey to Freedom

Douglass's Journey to Freedom

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  • Unfortunately, the reassurance Douglass had given the other slaves didn't prepare them for the news that they would soon uncover. “We've been betrayed!” Douglass said to Sandy, a fellow slave that was busying himself in the fields just as he was. “Well, that thought there just hit me”, replied an exhausted Sandy. Shortly after their exchange of words, the horn sounded, signaling that it was time to eat breakfast. As everyone began heading inside, Mr. Freeland abruptly called Douglass over. “Douglass!” He yelled, “There are some gentlemen at the door who wish to see you!” Taking a deep breath, Douglass steadily made his way to the door, preparing himself for what was to come.
  • As Douglass arrived at the door, he asked what the men wanted and, without so much as a warning, they grabbed him and tied him up with his hands close together. “We heard you'd been in some trouble”, one of the white men said to him. “Now we're going to inspect ya’ in front of your master here… If the information proves your innocence, then we ain't gonna hurt ya’. Got that?” John and Henry, who had followed Douglass to the house, were targeted next. The men succeeded in tying John, but Henry would not easily give in. “Boy, you'd better cross your hands there”, one man said to him. “I won't”, Henry stated defiantly. Once these words slipped out of Henry's mouth, the constables moved as quick as lightning- with their sheer numbers, they were able to restrain and tie him.
  • During the commotion, Douglass was able to put his phony protection in the fire to erase any evidence he had of their escape attempt. Soon after their capture, though, Henry asked him what he should do with his false protection. “Just eat it with your food later”, responded Douglass. They were currently being led to a prison, where they would sit in solitary confinement as they awaited their master's next orders. Being trapped in a cell slowly drained Douglass of any hope he may have had left, and a feeling of dread was left in its place. A feeling that everything he had worked for up to this point was just for nothing. But then Captain Auld seemingly saved him from this terrible fate of his, and Douglass headed towards Hugh Auld, where he would learn new skills and continue on his path to freedom.
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