Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He lived on many different plantations in his timeline as a slave. In much of his early life, all Frederick knew was the hot, dry air of the fields on the plantations, where he and the other slaves were worked past exhaustion. In the year 1834, Frederick was hired out to work on Mr. Freeland’s plantation. Mr. Freeland allows Frederick to start a Sabbath School which is much more than any other slave owner had allowed him to do. Which made him realize that Mr. Freeland was more humane than the other slave owners. Though when the school was shut down soon afterwards, Frederick began to dwell more and more on the seemingly impossible ideas of freedom. He knew that being a slave that could read, he had the advantage of his own opinion. The other slaves were following the opinions of others, as it is all they know. Frederick was hoping to change that.
As Frederick grew more fond over the ideas of freedom, he also began to come up with a plan to conversate his own ideas to the other slaves. His goal was to make them hopeful with the ideas of escaping so he could help them as well as himself. Maybe some of the slaves even had ideas of their own. Now Frederick had his plan, he would find out the opinions of the other slaves about the terrible situation they were in, and try to fill their heads with the knowledge of freedom. Frederick knew he would not give up if there may be a chance of getting out of this hopeless captivity.
The next morning, Frederick went to speak with a slave named Henry.“Hello Henry.” “Hello Frederick.” Henry replied. “Don’t you think it is slightly unjust that we are forced to work here while most of the other men are going to school?” Frederick asked. “Well…yes actually, it is.” Henry informed. “Wouldn’t you like to leave?” asked Frederick. “I would leave without hesitation if we could, but you know we can’t do that.” said Henry. “Couldn’t we? Maybe if we shared some ideas…” “No” Henry cut Douglass off. “If we get caught conversing ideas the punishment will could be worse than the one of the man caught trying to escape a while back.” Henry said. “I promise we won’t be caught. If we can manage to get enough slaves to agree we won’t have to meet for very long before we come up with a plan.” Promised Frederick. “I still don’t know, sounds pretty risky to me.” Henry stated. “Please Henry, think about everything we would be able to do as free men.” said Frederick. Henry sighed. “Alright I agree.” said Henry reluctantly. He was able to get John and a group of other slaves on board with the same ideas. Their group would meet often in secret, conversing ideas about escaping and trying to move past the sad reality of what would happen if they were caught.