Frederick Douglass is a slave who lives in Maryland he has worked in both plantations and in the city. Frederick unlike other slaves knew how to read. Because he knows how to read he has learned about the word abolition and the people who believe it called abolitionist. They believe that slavery is cruel and harsh to the people trapped in it, and they think it should disappear or be put down. After learning about these beliefs and the way him and the other slaves are treated he made a plan to escape to freedom with some other slaves. They were caught and almost had to go to jail but the guards found no evidence so they did not have to. Douglass was told by his slave master that he was sending him to his brother in the city of Baltimore to learn a craft. Douglass was relieved as he has been sent to Baltimore before and would rather work in the city with other people which have all different color skin tones that are free than having to work on the plantation with the slave masters watching them and demanding them to go faster, and being whipped if not done!
When Douglass arrived to Mr. Hugh he told Douglass he would work with someone named Mr. Gardner and his workers would teach him how to caulk planks on ships so they will not be able to leak and sink the ship. When douglass started to work he felt uncomfortable working with white workers and had a bad feeling as he always used to work for white skinned people and not with them. The white workers would call him to help them with task. But douglass was starting to wonder. “When will i be able to learn how to caulk? Mr.Hugh probably expects me to learn the skill by now! As the days went by the workers would call him and give him more and more task each day to complete. With the more and more work he was given the more and more frustrated Douglass was becoming. As the workers call him to do different things he is running around the ship he just wants to scream... “Be patient there is no way any man including me can do all of these things at once!”
Douglass arrives to work one day as normal. But then as he was waiting for his first task to be given by one of the workers they start to yell for Mr. gardener and Douglass was confused as to what was happening. When Mr. Gardener arrived one of the white workers scream. “ Why did you hire a black man and allow him to steal our job and money!” Douglass mood has now changed and he is becoming more frightened think the workers might start to attack him. As Douglass was rushing to think what to do Mr.gardener replied. “What do you suppose i do i will not and i refuse to fire Mr.Douglass!” As he stated this the rest of the workers booed and gazed at Douglass. Next right after mr Gardener refused douglass remembers the white workers charging at him getting ready to attack him as the workers looked like starved lions getting a chance to eat again as douglass was a zebra or their prey. Douglass then got a rush of fear and knew he had to defend himself and fight back.After hitting a white man Douglass was quite scared realizing he would now be fired for hitting a white man. When he returned to mr.Hugh and shared the situation mr.Hugh then told douglass he would not return to mr.gardener as it is too dangerous and risky, and douglass would find another place to learn how to caulk.