Frederick Douglass First Attempt to Freedom Part 2

Frederick Douglass First Attempt to Freedom Part 2

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  • "Give me liberty or give me death!"
  • Captain Auld, what is he doing here?
  • Hope for Freedom
  • Finally the day of the great escape, Frederick had an indescribable feeling of betrayal. Frederick brushes this feeling off, none of the slaves had said anything about their plan. Soon after, Frederick was reporting to breakfast. “Frederick there’s someone to see you”, Mr. Freeland called. As Frederick arrived, at once without explanation constables sized Frederick. Tied up, Frederick demanded to know the issue. “If information proved Frederick innocent, Frederick will not be hurt", said one of the constables. Most of Frederick’s fellow slave friends gave in with no resistance, all except Henry. Henry refused stating in loud defiance, “Give me liberty or give me death.” After some struggle, the constables lashed up Henry too. This created a distraction for Frederick to throw his permission in the fire.  When the constables weren't looking, the others questioned what to do with their permissions. He told them to “Own nothing”, explaining, “ … eat your permission in your biscuit.”
  • Within the walls of a prison, Frederick was left alone with fate. He thought his “hope of there being a possibility of being free is gone.” To Frederick’s shock and astonishment, Captain Auld, Frederick’s master, came to retrieve Frederick. “Was Captain Auld helping me, or does he have something far worse planned?” these thoughts constantly swirled through Frederick's mind. Captain Auld took Frederick out, with the intention of, "... sending you to an acquaintance in Alabama. Although my mind has changed, you will live with my brother and will learn a trade."
  • With Frederick learning trade, he thought, “I will be closer to the free land this will be a greater chance of me escaping. I must not give up hope yet, and not to stop trying until I can’t live freely.” Frederick realizes that he will not give up because you can change the role that you were born in. Frederick will go back to live with the Aulds, where he truly learned what slavery is. He will keep working toward freedom one step at a time, but more cautiously.
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