Around 1818, at Talbot County Maryland, a man named Frederick Bailey (mother’s name) was conceived from Native American, African, and European ancestors. He was isolated from his mom as a newborn child and moved with his maternal grandmother. At six years old he was put into work as a slave at the Wye House plantation. Hugh, the plantation master, his wife, Sophia showed him the alphabet. From that point forward, he taught himself to read and write; to rid himself of illiteracy.
As, he showed signs of improvement, he began showing different slaves how to read and write utilizing the Book of Scriptures. He was then exchanged to Edward Covey, who was a merciless plantation owner who whipped Frederick for little infractions every day. He was later returned to Thomas Auld another cruel owners who viewed Frederick as a liability. Frederick attempted to escape by canoeing up the river with a group he assembled. But little did he know, that one of them would turn their backs on them and put Frederick and the rest into jail. After that, Auld had no option but to give him over to his older brother who was fond of Frederickr’s work habit.
Frederick gained some free movement to earn his own money until a anti-black sentiment drove him out from his job. Knowing he can secretly stash money, he planned to escape again. Trusting a sailor who gave him free sailor papers, he was set on leaving the south the next day. After work, Frederick changed into sailor clothes and walked onto the train at the last minute heading north towards Havre de Grace; then made his way to New York by trains and boats. New York was the place he found shelter by an abolitionist named David Ruggles. When he was comfortable and settled in, he traveled to locate Anna Murray in Maryland, a free African women he met as a slave.
They later married in September of 1838 and had five children together. They then, moved to Massachusetts and met a family who gave Frederick the last name Douglass. During this time, he began to attend abolitionist gatherings and met William Lloyd Garrison, who with great confidence, urged Frederick to become a speaker and leader. He at that point joined the “Hundred Conventions”, an American Anti-Slavery Society venture.
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