What did Frederick Douglass have to say about his escape from slavery?

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In terms of his narrative speaking to the predicament of slavery, Douglass' work reminds us of the barbaric stain that is a permanent part of American History.  In the depiction of his escape, the reader is made aware of the idea that at one point in our history, human beings had to flee under looming shadows of death in order to live free.  Douglass' repeated attempts to be free and his final journey to freedom speaks powerfully to the horrors of slavery, the cruelty of one human being to another, and the idea that the promises of the nation did not apply to all of its citizens at one point in time.  The idea of having to struggle in order to achieve freedom and identity is a powerful theme in Douglass' life and writings.

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