Frederick Douglass escapes the binds of slavery, under a sailor’s guise

Author: Muruga
Sector: Today in History
Industry: History


Frederick Douglass escapes the binds of slavery, under a sailor’s guise


3 September 1838

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Back in the not so good ol’ days, you couldn’t really choose the slave’s life. The life of a slave chose you. Frederick Douglass was born to a mother of Native American and African genealogy and to a white father. Douglass’ mother, Harriet, was sent off to work in a neighbouring plantation during his infant years; leaving his grandmother, Betsy, to look after him and his five siblings. Soon after the death of his overseer who was also his father, Douglass was passed on to Hugh Auld in Baltimore. It was here where, he learned to read. However, that luxury was short-lived. That didn’t stop the earnest young Douglass from educating himself. When Douglass was not engrossed in his books, he spent his time in fisticuffs with his overly abusive slave owner, Edward Covey. Said by the protagonist himself, “you have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” Abolitionists around the world, rejoice. In 1837, Douglass befriended a free black woman called Anna Murray. She largely influenced Douglass to pursue his freedom and sponsored his efforts. She also provided him with the sailor’s uniform in which Douglass wore on his way to freedom. Once in New York, both Douglass and Anna said their vows.

Citations:
  1. Smith, Danita. “Frederick Douglass’s Mother: Harriet.” BLACK and Education, Red and Black Ink LLC, 2017,
  2. Douglass, Frederick. “Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.” May 1, 1845

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