The Failed Escape

The Failed Escape

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  •     "It's Saturday! We depart tonight!" Douglass realized with a start as he was working in the field. Sandy, one of the slaves in the group, came over to Douglass and said “Is everything alright? You look anxious?” “No,” Douglass responded, “everything is not alright! It's only hours before we depart! Look at the house, there are 4 white men and 2 black men at the door! Don't you see? We have been betrayed!?”     Douglass was too overwhelmed and confused to comprehend who could have betrayed them. He was stopped mid thought when Sandy responded with “I suspected as much…” Sandy's response confirmed Douglass's suspicion and greatest fear.     Not to long after Sandy and Douglass's conversation, the horn blew, calling the slaves in for breakfast. Before Douglass even arrived at the house, Mr Freeland shouted “Frederick! Come to the door! There are some men who wish to speak with you!”     At his words, Douglass sauntered over to the door where he was harshly greeted by the 4 white men, who he realized were constables, successfully restraining him and lashing his hands tightly together. “What is the meaning of this?” Douglass asked in an exasperated tone. “Someone told us that you were planning to escape, so you are to be examined before your master. If we are proven wrong, you will be released and no harm will come to you. However, if we are proven right, there will be serious consequences.” one of the constables replied coldly.
  •     “Get them!” one of the constables shouted when John and Henry arrived at the house. Douglass could do nothing but watch in horror as John was tied with the same ferocity he had been. Henry gave great resistance and would not allow anyone to tie him, reminding Douglass of the time he fought Covey.     “Just give up already! Stop resisting!” one of the constables shouted. “We have done nothing wrong!” Henry angrily retorted.     At that, 2 of the constables lunged at Henry, pulling out guns in the process. “Then you will have to die!” they shouted in unison. “I won't be tied!” Henry shouted back as he yanked the pistols from each of the constable’s hands.     This action triggered a brutal fight that gave Douglass just enough time to wriggle his protection out of him pocket and toss it, as discreetly as he could, into the blazing fire in front of him. To his luck, no one noticed and they were never searched due to the fight with Henry who was now being tied up and beaten for his resistance.     After the fight, the constables dragged Douglass, Henry, and John toward St. Michael's. About halfway, the first stop was made and Henry asked Douglass “What should we do with our protections?” “Eat them with your biscuit.,” Douglass whispered back to them, “and have no evidence.” The group nodded and did as Douglass told them.
  •     A little while later, they reached St. Michael's. At St. Michael's, the attempted runaways were separated. Douglass was thrown into a cold, stone prison that isolated him from the world and crushed his hope for freedom.     After one week of solitude and despair, Mr. Auld came to take Douglass out of prison. “I am going to send you to an acquaintance of mine in Alabama.” Mr. Auld said to Douglass in a monotone voice.     Douglass sat there and stared at the floor, holding the tears in his eyes. “Alabama?,” Douglass thought, “I can’t go to Alabama! There’s no way I can escape then!”     Douglass’s hope extinguished and all seemed lost until Mr. Auld said “Frederick, I might actually send you to Hugh in Baltimore. Yes… that will do… There, you can learn a trade.” Mr. Auld looked at Douglass with cold yet smiling eyes that sent a weird vibe through the room and asked “Well?” “Sorry.” Douglass said. “If you wish to send me, I will go.” "Then it's settled. I will be sending you to Hugh's in Baltimore. Don't misbehave." Mr. Auld warned.     Douglass’s hope rekindled at Mr. Auld’s change of plans. He still had a chance to escape! And that is exactly what he did in the 1830’s. Frederick Douglass never fully lost hope and reached his desired freedom at last! He started speaking out against slavery and played a huge role in it's abolition.
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