Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave in the 1800’s who grew up on a miserable plantation every day and imbued his mind with the thought of freedom. Douglass had to go through many slave-owners to tolerate in his life. Douglass was treated like he was nothing, and was hurt by his slave-owners almost every day. Douglass wants slavery to be abolished so that people wouldn’t be treated like nothing and be treated like human beings. In January 1834, Douglass left his old slave-owner Covey and begins living on Mr. Freeland’s plantation outside of Baltimore. Douglass starts a sabbath school there where he teaches 40 fellow slaves to read. The slave-owners found out and shut the school down.  Douglass yearns for freedom more now than any other time.
  • After the closing of the Sabbath School, Douglass and the other slaves met together frequently and recounted their difficulties of being on this plantation. Douglass wanted to escape slavery as soon as possible. After many suggestions for escape, Douglass had came up with a thorough plan to escape to freedom and shared it with the other slaves. All of the other slaves have agreed that this is the best plan to work with and have all agreed to take it on. Douglass and the other slaves had came up with a time and a date to make the plan continue forward. The plan was to escape to Canada in a canoe down by the bay and to go beyond the limits of Maryland. Douglass and the other slaves needed essentials to make the plan work.
  • So Douglass signed thick and white “Protection” waivers with prudence for freedom. These “Protection” waivers read “This is to certify that I, the undersigned, have given the bearer, my servant, full liberty to go to Baltimore, and spend the Easter holidays. Written with mine own hand, &c., 1835.” The papers say that the slave-owner has approved of the actions of the slaves going to somewhere beyond the plantation. “We were not going to Baltimore; but, in going up the bay, we went toward Baltimore, and these protections were only intended to protect us while on the bay.” Douglass makes sure that the writing is eligible enough to read and that whoever reads it shall understand.
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