Frederick's Escape

Frederick's Escape

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  • Frederick Douglass was born into a slave family. He never knew his Dad and only saw his mom when she walked all through the night to see him. It would take her all night on the beaten down the dirt path that was littered with rocks and glass to cut her feet. Frederick is working on a very rough plantation, where it was never too hot or too cold to work when he gets rented out to Mr. Freeland. Mr. Freeland was a kinder slave owner than Covey, if kind was like a snake to a rabid dog, but still a cold desire for the power of owning a slave. While living with Mr. Freeland, Frederick starts a Sabbath school in order to teach slaves how to read. The Sabbath school was in the cold woods, in a small broken down hut with little life to it, where the slaveholders could not catch them. Frederick believes that reading is the path to freedom. The day the slaveholders burned down the school was one of the worst of Fredericks life, it was like his heart was being pulled out.
  • When the slaveholders ended the school, Frederick still had the burning desire to feel freedom. Frederick imagined freedom as if he were a bird soaring above the hilltops. He still knows that reading is the path to freedom. With all the people he taught, he knows they also have that desire for freedom. They would be ready immediately to escape with him to freedom. Frederick heard stories about the  North where slaves were accepted as people and could walk down the street without being questioned if he were a slave or not. He was as content as a fish out of water.
  • The next day, Frederick thought of his plan. He knew the plan seemed almost impossible. He kept saying to himself “how could I ever pull this off, there's no way.” But he couldn’t just continue working on the plantation and not at least try. He went to Henry and John, saying “I have a plan to get out of this horrid place.” They both said yes with a sense of excitement. Finally, he went to all the others he had taught, “If you want to leave this place listen here.” They too listened and said yes finally able to leave the plantation and start a new life. The hopes were very high although the plan still seemed impossible.
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