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Running Head: OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S
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OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S “ESCAPE FROM
SLAVERY”
Jennifer Cvoric
Colorado State University Global Campus
Eng101: Composition 1
Andrew Terhune
March 4, 2021

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OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S
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OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S “ESCAPE FROM
SLAVERY”
My Escape from Slavery was written by Frederick Douglass in November 1881. Douglas
goes on to describe the events of how he escaped from slavery based on good luck. Men of
different color were placed as slaves and were watched closely to make sure they obeyed and
continued to remain as slaves. During this time the slaves would frequently think of ways to
escape their confinements and have to weigh out the dangers as well as the dangers they would
bear onto those who helped them.
If the escape method was discovered, the masters would find a way to eliminate that
method which called to the highest level of confidentiality among the slaves to make sure their
escape route was not identified (Douglass, 1881). Douglas explains a unique, yet risky method
of escaping was to use free papers. These papers were a type of identification and contained
name, color, height, age, and other descriptions of the person holding the document. The
document also included finer details such as scars or other identifying marks upon his person
which could help identify him (Douglass, 1881).
The author claims, if there were similar characteristics between slaved men, they could
use the same papers and escape. This method although it freed both men, it also put them both at
risk and would make the second man a fugitive. This is where Douglass claims his luck began.
He used this method to escape although he did not match the descriptions completely, yet still
managed to get away.
Douglass goes on to describe his escape stating that he disguised himself as a sailor and
made his way to New York, just to find out that it was not safe there either. There were issues
with colored men being paid to sell out other colored men. This left one feeling like a total

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Running Head: OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S “ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY” Jennifer Cvoric Colorado State University – Global Campus Eng101: Composition 1 Andrew Terhune March 4, 2021 1 OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S OPTION 1: WRITING SUMMARIES: FREDERICK DOUGLASS’S “ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY” My Escape from Slavery was written by Frederick Douglass in November 1881. Douglas goes on to describe the events of how he escaped from slavery based on good luck. Men of different color were placed as slaves and were watched closely to make sure they obeyed and continued to remain as slaves. During this time the slaves would frequently think of ways to escape their confinements and have to weigh out the dangers as well as the dangers they would bear onto those who helped them. If the escape method was discovered, the masters would find a way to eliminate that method which called to the highest level of confidentiality among the slaves to make sure their escape route was not identified (Douglass, 1881). Douglas explains a unique, yet risky method of escaping was to use free papers. These papers ...
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