Frederick Douglass' Escape

Frederick Douglass' Escape

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  • A long time ago, there was a slave named Frederick Douglass, who at the time was just sent to work on Mr.Freeland’s plantation. His new master, Mr.Freeland, treats him much better than his previous master Mr.Covey. Mr.Covey was known for breaking slaves spirits,  but after defeating Covey in a fight, Frederick gained much confidence. However, he is still forced to do hard work everyday in the cotton field. As Frederick works in the field, the name of the plantation seems to mock him. In his free time, Frederick shared his knowledge of reading with the other slaves because he understands wanting to know how to read. He did this through a secret sabbath school, which he built.
  • The school was shut down soon after it was established but it was one of the things Frederick was most proud of. “I bet Mr.Hamilton next door tore it down.” Sandy said to Frederick. After a brief silence, Frederick replied, “This was done by the bitter crushing hands of slavery no one is to blame, for the whole system is unfair.” Frederick was sick of slavery. It kept him from his family, it tried to keep him from reading, and it kept him from freedom. He deserves to live his life as he was supposed to. Frederick knew it was wrong that one race could be allowed to own and control another. He knows deep in his heart that he was meant to be free and wasn’t going to wait any longer to make it happen.
  • Soon after, Frederick gathered John, Henry, Sandy, and other slaves he taught in his sabbath school. They all agreed to help escape, and were all very aware of the consequences, if they get caught. “Then, tomorrow night we will steal Mr.Hamilton’s canoe and paddle up Chesapeake Bay disguised as fishermen. Freedom awaits past Maryland”. “Yes, but what if we are caught, what is going to stop them from sending us back?” said John. Frederick replied “I will write protections. So it is all settled, we will meet here at sundown tomorrow. These protections are fake permission slips which allow the slaves to leave the plantation for the Easter holiday vacation. The group couldn’t bare to wait for the day the escape slavery especially Frederick.
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