Fredrick Douglass Attempts to Escape Slavery (ELA Project)

Fredrick Douglass Attempts to Escape Slavery (ELA Project)

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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave in the 1800's, that would make a big difference in the America we have today.
  • Douglass was on a plantation that his master, Mr. Auld, had rented him out to. The reason that his master had rented him out to another plantation was because his master's wife had taught him to read, whithout knowing she wasn't supposed to.
  • Whenever Douglass, John and Henry had anytime they weren’t working, which was pretty much their sleep time, they were thinking up ways to escape.
  • On the plantation that Douglass was on, he met two other slaves that both had something in common with Douglass, the burning desire to be freed from the corrupt slaveholders and the despair slavery brought them. As Douglass got to know them he found that their names were Henry and John. Both loathed slavery, but Henry showed it more through actions, rather than words. Out of the group Douglass was the smartest because of his master’s wife teaching him to read and write, which was rare for a slave.
  • “What if we were to cover our skin with old clothes?” suggested John. “No that would be too suspicious. Plus who would wear that many clothes when it’s that hot outside?” Douglass pointed out. The trio of freedom seekers went back and forth between many ideas that would all be unused because of the amount of risks they would have to take. Until one idea that had the men hopeful.
  • The masterful plan that they had come up with was to get an old boat or canoe and take it down the river near the plantation. The reason this was such a good plan was because it allowed them to act like poor fisherman drifting about on the cool, calm river, while looking for majestic fish. This was so brilliant because most free slaves couldn’t afford a house to live in so it was common for them to become fishermen, allowing them to blend in and look natural. There was also only one obstacle for taking the water route was that there was river police. This meant Douglass, John and Henry had to come up with another solution to another problem.
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