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Frederick Douglass'Life: The Road To Freedom

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Samuel Harding

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Transcript of Frederick Douglass'Life: The Road To Freedom

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Frederick Douglass' Life: The Road To Freedom
After being in Baltimore for a few years, Douglass moved back to the plantation. On the plantation, slave holder Mr. Covey was known as the "snake" because he always sneaked up on people. One day while working Douglass was riding a cart and the cart broke. Mr. Covey sneaked up on him and was angry about the cart being broken and demanded that Douglass go get wood. Douglass would not follow the order given to him. Mr. Covey then started beating Douglass up. Douglass punched Mr. Covey and ran into the woods Surely this argument had scared him because he could only predict that he would be beaten for this kind of behavior. When he came back he carried a root on his right side and beat up Mr. Covey. After that fight neither Mr. Covey nor any other slave holder ever whipped him again. Life on the plantation was difficult.
The Escape Plan
Time in the shipyard
After failing to escape the plantation and being sold to the shipyard, Douglass was put to work there. Working in the shipyard he learned to caulk. Every week he would have to give the 6 or 7 dollars that he earned to his master and of that money he only got to keep about 50 to 60 cents. In order to earn extra money he started doing extra jobs. Frederick was a hard worker who took action and was responsible. Unfortunately some white workers at the shipyard beat him up because they did not want to work with black slaves.
Life after the final escape
In September 1838 Douglass made his final escape from slavery. He had grown up as a slave but had always desired freedom for himself and for others. As a free man he worked hard, married and along with other abolitionists he fought for that same freedom for others. He used his ability to read and write to become an author of several books about slavery and freedom. It is hard to believe that a man who had been born a slave was eventually free and did so much to try to make things better for our country as a whole.

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Slavery As A Child
Written by; Samuel Harding
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in either 1817 or 1818. In his early years he was taken care of by his grandmother. When he was about five he saw his first horror in life when his grandmother was being lashed. It was his first picture of the cruelty that he would experience in his life as a slave. At the age of 9 or 10 Frederick was already laboring in the fields. By the time he was 14, he was still working in the fields as well as performing other work such as shopping in town for his master. These expanded duties showed that he was a trusted slave but that the life of a child slave was difficult.
Douglass goes to Baltimore

At the age of seven or eight, when his master Aaron Anthony died, Douglass was sent from the plantation to Baltimore to serve the Auld family. Before he had left he saw another slave get shot because of disobeying his master. It is reasonable to think that this disturbed him greatly. He hoped that his new life in Baltimore would be better. His new mistress, Sophia Auld, was both kind and mean to him. She taught him to read and write which against the law and she got in trouble for it. After a while she treated him poorly because she wanted power that came from controlling slaves. In the end she went back to being kind to him.
Douglass Fights Back
After years of slavery on the plantation, Douglass and some of his friends devised a plan to escape. Mysteriously someone found out about the plan and told on them. On the day before they were supposed to escape, they got caught by the constables. The constables took all but Frederick back to the plantation. Instead, Frederick was sent back to the Auld family and forced to work in the shipyard in Baltimore where he was put to work calking wood to be used for ship building. This would not be his last escape attempt.

Influential Paragraph
Reflection
Douglass' personal life and death
Douglass died of a heart attack on February 20, 1895 at the age of 77. He did not come to the United States from Africa but had been born the U.S. His mother was a black slave named Harriet Bailey and his father, Aaron Anthony, was white. Sadly, Douglass was born into slavery. After meeting a free black woman named Anna Murray, Douglass was more convinced that he could gain his own freedom. After his final escape and gaining that freedom, he married Anna and together they had five children. Douglass' life started off sad as a slave but in the end he was free and happy and supporting freedom for all slaves.
Reading books like Frederick Douglass'
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
is important because they teach a lot about the history of our country. We can learn about events from the past that were both good and bad. This book talks about slavery which was very bad and is a wrong doing to the black people by the white people. It is not okay to own other people just to have them do work that you don't want to do for yourself. I feel sad for the slaves because they were forced to work for the white people who owned them even though they had done nothing wrong to deserve being treated so poorly. We do not hear a lot about slavery in the United States today, but it still goes on around the world. I wish everyone could read books like this one to learn that this is not okay and work to end this kind of thing.
Frederick Douglass influenced others by fighting for freedom for himself and others. He was born a slave but as he grew up he stood up for what is right and did not allow others to treat him differently or without respect just because of his skin color. An example of this was in Mr. Covey’s plantation when Mr. Covey ordered Frederick to chop wood but he refused. Instead he stood up for himself. He fought with Mr. Covey and won the fight. The result of this was that Mr. Covey never whipped him again. Frederick had said that if someone expected to succeed at whipping him, that person must also succeed in killing him. During the time that he was a slave, Frederick demonstrated courage and bravery. When he gained his freedom he pursued respectable jobs, got married, and was active in the abolitionist movement. Frederick Douglass was an inspiration to all because he believed that people should be free and his actions showed that he worked to make this happen.
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