Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He grew up with a mother who lived far away, and a father he never knew. Douglass lived a miserable childhood under slavery. He wanted to be in the north where slavery was illegal, but the chances of that were not likely. Then Douglass had an idea, that this year he would attempt to escape to freedom. Him and two other slaves came up with a foolproof plan: They would steal a canoe and pretend to be fisherman on the water. Douglass, who could write, wrote papers that gave them the abiltiy to be away from the plantation.
However, the plan immediately came under threat. One day at the plantation, two constables came. One of them claimed “We have heard rumors of an escape attempt.” “We have to search for any evidence of this” the other said. They gathered the three slaves up and tied them. Henry was the most reluctant to being tied. “You shall not tie me!” he shouted. But alas, his hands too were bound. Douglass started to fear the consequences and before he could be caught, destroyed the letters. No evidence was found and they did not get arrested. However, Douglass and the others remained slaves.
Douglass was overwhelmed with despair. He was so close to getting away from the monster of slavery. Now he was stuck back in the fields to work miserably. Then, Douglass discovered he was being transferred back his old masters plantation in Maryland. This sparked a sign of hope in Douglass. He may have failed the first time, but the light of hope that he would escape still flickered. Let this be a lesson, that even if you fail the first time, never lose faith in yourself.