He resolves to try to escape to freedom and gets together with a bunch of other slaves to figure out a way to do it. The problem is that they don't know much about the north, and everywhere they look, they see Southerners on the lookout for escaped slaves. Their biggest problem is getting up the courage to take a risk without even knowing what they're up against. After a lot of planning, they decide to steal a canoe and row north as far as the river goes, pretending to
fishermen. Since Douglass knows how to write, he writes a pass for each slave and signs it
in the name of that slave's master. A pass is a note giving a slave permission to travel.
Being the leader of the group, but he's worried the other slaves will lose their nerve, and he spends a lot of time trying to keep everyone's spirits up. When the day finally comes to leave something is wrong happens. Each of the slaves involved in the escape is captured