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TYLER WHIRLEY MR. NOEL http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-hank-johnson/ancestors- emancipation-proclamation_b_2372115.html
Where it all started… o Douglass was born a slave in Maryland around the year of 1818. o He was given the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey at birth by his mother. o Douglass was raised by his grandmother, until he was taken away from her at a very young age. o Young Douglass was taken to Baltimore to work for the Auld’s.
At the Auld’s…. o Mr. Auld’s wife taught Douglass many subjects slaves were forbidden to learn. o She taught him the alphabet, which lead Douglass to read and write exceptionally well for a slave. o However, Mr. Auld forced his wife to stop teaching Douglass. http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/dougl92/dougl92. html
A Change for Douglass… o Douglass moved from the Auld’s household and began working for Edward Covey. o Edward Covey was known as a “slave-breaker.” Because of his deep history as a slave, Douglass needed a change…...
Turning Point… o Douglass attempted more than once to escape from slavery, but something told him to keep trying. o 1838 was the big year for Douglass. o That was the year Douglass was successful on his journey to freedom.
Douglass’s Plan for his Escape o His escape began at the Baltimore and Ohio railroad station. o Since Douglass used to work at the ship yards, he was able to use the disguise as a free black sailor. He thought this may help him with his run away. o Douglass headed up north to the state of New York. However, Douglass ran into some obstacles… http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/sep03.ht ml
Problems on the tracks…. o Douglass knew he was going to be encountered with the railroad officials who were guaranteed to ask for his papers stating he was a free man on his way. o Douglass had a document from a free African-American seaman that he had borrowed to keep him from getting busted. o If the conductor were to catch Douglass, he wouldn’t be in a good situation. o As he was on the train, Douglass saw someone he once worked for and prayed the man didn’t notice him or point him out. Fortunately, the person never did. o The slave did not get caught on the train.
Once Douglass got to New York…. o Douglass reached New York within 24 hours. o He was not a free slave yet, even though he was on free land. o Douglass kept an eye out in New York because he could be caught by a slave catcher at any time. o David Ruggles allowed Douglas to dwell inside his home in New York. o He was later accompanied by a free black woman named Anna Murray.
A Change for the Better… o Anna soon became Douglass’s wife. o The couple left New York and went to Massachusetts to live a safer lifestyle. o Once the couple got to Massachusetts, the man immediately changed his last name from Bailey to Douglass.
Making History… o Douglass gained enough money to buy his own self out of slavery, which made him a legal free black man. o In Massachusetts, Douglass attended a black church and went abolitionist meetings. o Douglass became a known speaker. o He gave many motivational speeches in several places. o Douglass was a part of the tour by the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1843 that lasted six months. http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/ 11/great-frederick-douglas/
Women’s Rights… o Douglass also supported equal right of women during the 19th century. o Douglass had an opportunity to meet women associated with women rights, like Susan B. Anthony.
Douglass as an author…. o Douglass wrote about his life in three different biographies in his lifetime. o Without his biographies, Douglass would not have been able to share the truth about his life and all the obstacles he went through. o One of Douglass’s biographies, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, was popular in many different places. It was so successful, that it was converted to many other languages.
http://www.bet.com/news/national/2011/05/19/boo k-written-during-slavery-is-donated-for- generations-to-come-.html http://www.amazon.com/Narrative-Frederick-Douglass-Thrift- Editions/dp/0486284999 https://marcusfillmore.wordpress.com/tag/bla ck-history/ If it was not for his bravery and achievement to his escape, Douglass would not have made history the way he did.
Works Cited Klein, Christopher. "Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago." History in the Headlines. September 3, 2013. Accessed November 23, 2014. http://www.history.com/news/frederick-douglass- escapes-slavery-175-years-ago. "Frederick Douglass," The Biography.com website, http://www.biography.com/people/frederick-douglass- 9278324 (accessed Nov 23 2014). "Frederick Douglass." Frederick Douglass Honor Society. Accessed November 24, 2014. http://www.frederickdouglasshonorsociety.org/douglass-history.html.
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