Frederick Douglass's Story
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Frederick's Mother Comes to See Him from Her Plantation
Frederick! Iv'e come to see you but i don't have long!
Frederick Suffers From Heat Stroke at Covey's Plantation
WHAT'S WRONG DOUGLASS? GET UP!
Frederick and the Other Slaves Make a Plan to Escape
Good idea! That will help us avoid capture!
How about we steal a canoe and paddle up the Chesapeake Bay, turn it adrift and then follow the North Star.
Frederick's mother would come to see him during the night. She rarely saw him because she had to walk 12 miles to see him and be back at her plantation by sunrise. Douglass saw his mother only 4 or 5 times before she died. "She was a field hand, and whipping is the penalty of not being in the field at sunrise" (Excerpt 1-pg. 5)
One hot day, Douglass is working when he starts feeling sick and has a terrible headache. He had heat stroke. When Covey sees that the wheat fan stopped, he goes to investigate. He then kicks Douglass for not working and smacks him with a hickory slat. Douglass was left on the ground in terrible condition.
Douglass and other slaves at the plantation wanted to escape so they had to think of a good plan. "The plan we finally concluded upon was, to get a large canoe belonging to Mr. Hamilton, and upon the Saturday night previous to Easter holidays, paddle up the Chesapeake Bay" (Excerpt 5-pg. 8). The reason behind taking the water route was that there were many obstacles like white men on land. They could easily sneak past and get across Maryland's border.
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