Douglass is a slave. Has been since he was born. His life consists of wake up work and go back to his cramped home. Life for slaves has never been easy, its is cruel, miserable, and dehumanizing. Douglass has barely even talked to his mom and doesn’t really know. Douglass is older now and has enough courage and determination to get himself out of this pure crap house he is in and start a new life for not only himself but all slaves.
The next breakfast he gets pulled out of the barn and is tied up with the rest of the leaders that helped with the plan. They all still have the protection letters that they have to kept unseen in their pocket. When the guard is not looking Douglass slips the paper into the fire pit and lets it burn. After this event he spread the word “own nothing”. By saying this he wants the others to eat the paper with the biscuits so none of them get caught. Everyone is chanting “own nothing” and before a blink of an eye, all the letters are gone. They owners started a search to see if anything became true about their exit. It came out negative but they were still watched carefully. After this they continued with their day of work and would have to find a new way to escape together.
Douglass start to put his dreams into action. He works hard on top of all the work he is already doing. He gathers up other slaves ready to start a new life, and starts to make a plan. The plan will be extremely difficult considering he has to get through guards and suspicious people. The plan is for them to take one of his owners canoe and sail up adrift following the north star to get beyond the limits of Maryland. None of his friends nor him have any knowledge of what is in Canada, all they know is that it would be safe there. They know they will need to make protection letters, in order to avoid being questioned and caught. Since Douglass is the only one who knows how to write, he makes the protection and makes sure he doesn’t miss anyone. Once they are ready to go and have everything together, they get snitched on, the plan has failed and they no longer have an escape plan. Douglass loses a lot of hope but also a lost ember is found.