Douglass was a black slave who worked on a plantation. He was separated from his mother at a young age and never knew his father. When he was a child he was shipped off to work for the Aulds. There he learned to read and this changed his life forever. Later in his life he was hired out to work for a man named covey. Covey worked douglass very hard and succeeded in breaking him until Douglass ran away. When he came back he was ready to be free. He fought covey and won and he knew that he would be free someday.
Douglass was ready to be free, he was planning to run away. But there was one problem, Douglass would miss his friends terribly. So he talked to his friends and they all agreed on escaping to freedom with him. They all hated being slaves and were somewhat educated because douglass had secretly taught them until they were discovered. Together Douglass and his friends came up with a plan to escape.
The plan was to get a large canoe and paddle directly up the chesapeake bay. When they arrived at the head of the bay they would set the canoe adrift, then they would follow the north star to go beyond the limits of maryland. Douglass wrote protections for himself and his friends so it would look like they were being sent by their master to baltimore. They hoped that they would not be stopped because they were taking the boat so they might look like fishermen.
But Douglass and his friends were found out………… Douglass and his friends were tied up to be searched, but one of them, named Henry, refused to be tied and while they were focused on tying the friend Douglass managed to put his protection in the fire. They forgot all about searching douglas and the slaves because of the tussle with the friend.So they were not found out just yet.
The other friends still had their protections and had no idea what to do with them. They came to Douglass for advice. Douglass told them to eat their protections with their biscuits. So now they had no evidence that they were trying to escape. Surprisingly his master, captain Auld, came and took Douglass, with the intention of sending Douglass to Alabama to help a friend out, but concluded in sending him back to baltimore so his brother could teach him a trade.
Douglass was very discouraged, he and his friends had planned for a long time, but they had been found out before they could escape. He despaired that he would never be free and that he would stay a slave forever. But then he remembered all the times he had defied slavery, when he fought covey, when he learned to read even though Mrs. Auld banned it, and when he had taught many slaves to read. Douglass knew he couldn't give up, and he didn't give up till he was finally free.