Frederick Douglass' Attempt To Escape

Frederick Douglass' Attempt To Escape

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  • As Frederick arrived at Mr. Freeland’s plantation, Frederick realizes that he would face some problems before being able to reach freedom. He, however, meets two other specific slaves, named John and Henry, who were willing to help Frederick escape if it meant for them to escape too. They met up when they worked, and talked about ways to escape. They chose to escape near the evening on Saturday, using a large canoe to escape by water and follow the North Star’s guidance. This was an excellent idea, since taking the water route would make them look like fishermen and not runaway slaves. Frederick knew they shouldn’t get carried away with this, so, he wrote fake permission slips that talked about how their master let them have a break, in case they were ever caught.
  • Saturday morning rolls in, and Frederick wakes up at the usual time he needed to be awake at. He woke up feeling joy, but he felt slightly nervous as well, for anything could happen that could prevent Frederick, John, and Henry from escaping. Nonetheless, Frederick gets up and goes to work on the field. About an hour later, Frederick gets an uneasy feeling in his stomach, a feeling about the plan failing. He turns in the direction Henry was at. “There is something wrong, Henry,” Frederick says. “I have an uneasy feeling.” “I thought I was the only one who felt it.” Henry responds. As soon as Henry speaks, the slaves were called in to eat their breakfast.
  • Frederick Douglass was an African American slave, one of the young, teenage slaves who were beginning to turn into adults. Since he was a slave, he spent most of his life living on a plantation, where there was only work and no rest. Most of them were African American, and all slaves lived busy and restless lives, and they couldn’t do anything about it, for they could be punished by their slavemaster, a harsh person who made sure to keep slaves on their feet from sunrise to sunset. When Frederick was much younger, he was sent to Baltimore because he was hired by a white family who needed someone to look after their only child. When Frederick arrived, however, he was introduced to all kinds of things a slave wouldn’t be able to experience, such as the scent of the sea, different colored people that weren’t treated as slaves, and books! This led to Frederick wanting to experience these things, and, the desire of wanting freedom was introduced. Frederick was hired by someone named Mr. Freeland, and Frederick was already thinking of ways to escape.
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