Frederick Bailey was born in 1818 near a town named
Frederick Bailey was born as a slave, but he was very
lucky. He got to live with his grandparents, and
sometimes his mother visited him in the middle of the
Frederick was very underfed and competed with the dog
for more food.
When Frederick found out that his aunt and uncle had
run away, he realized that it was possible to escape.
Frederick's owner decided to send him to Baltimore.
Frederick was excited because he had heard that some
slaves were even free in Baltimore!
When he arrived in Baltimore, his master was an
inexperienced slave owner and taught him how to read.
He was then rented by William Freeland and tried to
organize an escape but was caught. (Wikipedia)
A Plan to Escape
After his master's husband put a stop to letting
Frederick read, they sent him to Thomas Auld, and
Thomas being upset with Frederick, sent him to Covey
who was known as a slave-breaker. A slave breaker whips
a slave until their spirit is broken. Eventually he fought
back and won. Covey never whipped him again. He tried
to escape for Covey as well but he was caught again.
Frederick Bailey escaped to the north on a
train with a fake pass that said he was free.
He married Anna Murray and changed his
last name from Bailey to Douglas to
escape the slave traders. He didn't tell
anybody how he escaped until slavery was
banished, as he feared the slave traders
would try to track down escapees that way.
Becoming an Abolitionist
When Frederick reached Philadelphia he realized that
not everything was as he thought it would be. There was
still segregation. He gave speeches and went on six
month tours speaking out against segregation. He also
spoke for women's rights. He died of a heart attack in
Frederick Douglas was a very inspiring person because
he came from zero to hero. He escaped slavery and was
a part in abolition. He inspired me to be outstanding
because he became such an important person when he
had been a slave for 20 years. (Wikipedia)