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A drawing of Frederick Douglass
A drawing of Frederick Douglass

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Douglass's Escape from Slavery
This is how the conversation went when the conductor reached Douglass in the crowded train car.
"I suppose you have your free papers?"
"No sir; I never carry my free papers to sea with me."
"But you have something to show that you are a freeman, haven't you?"
"Yes, sir, I have a paper with the American eagle on it, and that will carry me around the world."

A quick glance at the paper satisfied the conductor and he took Douglass's fare and went on to the other passengers. This moment was one of the most anxious Douglass had ever experienced. What do you think would have happened if the conductor had looked carefully at the paper?

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