Frederick Douglass book

Frederick Douglass book

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  • I give these slaves permission to go  to Baltimore, Maryland for the Easter holiday William Hamilton 
  • Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, and was just trying to survive it like the rest of his fellow slaves. He has had many masters, kind and cruel, since then.  Slavery has always been brutal for Frederick. Some days he was forced to work in the burning sun, or even when the rain was pouring down his back, and if he didn’t, he would be whipped harshly. Frederick now works on the plantation of one of the nicer masters he’s had, Mr. Freeland who even allows Frederick to start a sabbath school and teach slaves to read, something they were normally not allowed to do. Suddenly Mr. Freeland and other slaveholders decided to shut down the school for reasons Frederick did not know, but it was probably because they were worried learning to read would give these fortunate slaves ideas on how to escape, something that has always been Fredericks dream. Frederick has always wanted to escape, no matter the consequences, and closing down his school just made this desire grow even more.
  • Some of Fredericks fellow slaves also shared his desire to escape, so Frederick gathered these slaves and they discussed possible ways of escaping. “Escaping will be very risky, and the chances are slim. If we are caught we will be punished much more horribly then we ever have been, but i feel that it is worth it. Does anyone agree with me?” asked Frederick. A few of the other slaves nodded in agreement, and they began to work on their plan in secret. Finally after many attempts to make a good plan that would ensure they would definitely escape with no troubles, Frederick and his friends came up with a plan they believed would work. “Alright, so we will take one of Mr. Hamilton's large canoes and paddle up the Chesapeake Bay.” said Frederick “Then we can follow the north star until we are beyond Maryland, and will be free” said another slave “It will be safer to take the water route because we can disguise ourselves as fisherman, and hopefully no one will stop us” said another. All the slaves nodded for they were ready to escape the horrors of slavery, and thought their plan would work, however it was still risky.
  • Frederick was worried that on their way to freedom, him and the other slaves would be caught. He began to wonder is escaping really worth it? How bad will I really be punished if I am caught? Will I be caught? Just in case they were caught Frederick wrote protections. Protections were documents saying they had permission to go to wherever they were going from their slavemaster. Fredericks protections said that they were just visiting Baltimore for the easter holiday, and did have permission from their slavemaster, Mr. Hamilton. However these protections would only protect them while canoeing across the bay, and once they reached Maryland and beyond they would no longer be protected by them, and were on the run.
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