Frederick read and read and read, and as he did that, the demonic spirits of slavery followed him and haunted him everywhere he went. He couldn’t get rid of the terrible feeling that was stuck deep inside him. In his life, slavery was the fox, and Frederick was the innocent rabbit, who did nothing wrong, but would get ravished anyway. Frederick pondered if if his life would be like this forever.
One day, Frederick was reading the newspaper, and he came across a new word. Abolition. Frederick had never seen that word before, so he wanted to know what it meant. He knew that he would get in trouble if he asked someone what it meant, so he turned to the dictionary. But the dictionary was no help. This new word gave Frederick a hopeful feeling. He had to find the definition of this word! Frederick read more newspapers, hoping to find the word again, until soon enough, he did. The daily news talked about the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia and the slave trade in the U.S.
Yes! Frederick found the definition! The word lit up a spark of hope inside Frederick. Happiness filled him up. From that moment on, Frederick knew the answer. “ I’m not going to let slavery get me down anymore!” Frederick thought. Frederick was going to escape! He was determined of it. One day, Frederick Douglass would be a slave no more! Years later, Frederick successfully escaped slavery and moved to New York to start his new life. There, he helped the abolitionists try to get rid of slavery everywhere. The End