My Escape from Slavery (2020)

My Escape from Slavery It was the custom in the State of Maryland to require the free colored people to have what were called free papers These instruments they were required to renew very often and by charging a fee for t
  • Title: My Escape from Slavery
  • Author: Frederick Douglass
  • ISBN: 9781484834183
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • It was the custom in the State of Maryland to require the free colored people to have what were called free papers These instruments they were required to renew very often, and by charging a fee for this writing, considerable sums from time to time were collected by the State In these papers the name, age, color, height, and form of the freeman were described, together wIt was the custom in the State of Maryland to require the free colored people to have what were called free papers These instruments they were required to renew very often, and by charging a fee for this writing, considerable sums from time to time were collected by the State In these papers the name, age, color, height, and form of the freeman were described, together with any scars or other marks upon his person which could assist in his identification This device in some measure defeated itself since than one man could be found to answer the same general description Hence many slaves could escape by personating the owner of one set of papers and this was often done as follows A slave, nearly or sufficiently answering the description set forth in the papers, would borrow or hire them till by means of them he could escape to a free State, and then, by mail or otherwise, would return them to the owner The operation was a hazardous one for the lender as well as for the borrower A failure on the part of the fugitive to send back the papers would imperil his benefactor, and the discovery of the papers in possession of the wrong man would imperil both the fugitive and his friend It was, therefore, an act of supreme trust on the part of a freeman of color thus to put in jeopardy his own liberty that another might be free It was, however, not unfrequently bravely done, and was seldom discovered I was not so fortunate as to resemble any of my free acquaintances sufficiently to answer the description of their papers But I had a friend a sailor who owned a sailor s protection, which answered somewhat the purpose of free papers describing his person, and certifying to the fact that he was a free American sailor The instrument had at its head the American eagle, which gave it the appearance at once of an authorized document This protection, when in my hands, did not describe its bearer very accurately Indeed, it called for a man much darker than myself, and close examination of it would have caused my arrest at the start.
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    1. This is a follow up to Douglass s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and fills in the missing information about how he escaped from slavery Frederick Douglass is one of the best writers of all time His subject matter is captivating, but his skill as a writer is both technically perfect and extremely moving.Some favorite sentences This contest was now ended my chains were broken, and the victory brought me unspeakable joy I was without home, without acquaintance, without m [...]

    2. In the country from which I came, a white man holding no slaves was usually an ignorant and poverty stricken man, and men of this class were contemptuously called poor white trash Hence I supposed that, since the non slave holders at the South were ignorant, poor, and degraded as a class, the non slave holders at the North must be in a similar condition I could have landed in no part of the United States where I should have found a striking and gratifying contrast, not only to life generally in [...]

    3. This is a shorter version of the autobiography, My Escape from Slavery, by Frederic Douglass The book is about his childhood as a slave, which is aimed at young readers Very interesting reading about a great American.

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