How does Jourdan Anderson define freedom in his letter to his former master?

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In his letter to his former master, Jourdan Anderson does not explicitly define freedom.  However, by looking at what he wants from his ex-master, we can guess at how he would define the term.

First, he wants to be paid for his work and to have his value acknowledged.  This is not simply a monetary thing.  Instead, it is clear that he thinks that it is important for his ex-master to realize that he is a person worthy of being paid.  Freedom, to him, is having this fact recognized.

Second, he wants to be sure that his kids will be able to grow up safely and have opportunities to get ahead.  He wants to be sure his daughters will not be molested and he wants his children to get an education.  This shows that freedom is, to him, the ability to protect one's children and to provide them with a hope for the future.