In the 19th century, a young slave named Frederick Douglass is sent away from his old master, Covey, and to a new one named Mr. Freeland. Mr. Freeland was not an extremely cruel man like Covey was. Covey would sneak up on the slaves and whip them until their bodys would almost scream in pain. While on the plantation, the slaves felt a strong desire and determination to escape so they came up with a plan.The slaves were really scared and worried about being caught and to be sent back to the horrible slavery. They felt that if they did not become free now than they might never become free.
Douglass and the slaves continue to work on the plan to escape from the plantation by escaping on the river. They are all extremely scared of being caught because they would face painful consequences. They would also be thrown in jail where they would be hopeless and trapped. “ We can escape on the river on Easter day.” says Douglass. “ Good idea we have more chance of escaping on water than on land” says Henry. The slaves always had the constant fear of slavery and having to live in it for the rest of their life. “We cannot get caught, we would never be able to escape again and we cannot betray each other” says Douglass.” I agree we all need to have confidence in each other to escape.”
After some time working on the plan, Douglass writes protections that would help fool the police that the slaves got permission to go somewhere.” Here are your protections, we will each have one and they will help us to fool the guards at the escape point” “Are you sure these are going to work Frederick?” “Im positive I spent hours perfecting these.” Douglass feels really confident in the perfections and he believes that they will be able to escape from the plantation on the river. The other slaves felt a little nervous about Douglass’s protections but they still thought they could maybe take their chances and escape.