How To Escape Slavery
Why should you try?
Step 1: Slip away from your owners.
Step 2: Begin heading north.
Head north! Not only will you quickly escape the black belt where most slave plantations are located, but you'll be on the right track to Canada, where you can finally be safe not only from your original owners (they can only reclaim you if you remain in the States -- Canada is your sanctuary!) but you will no longer be forced to witness the horrors of slavery firsthand. After all, the "peculiar institution" that plagues the United States was abolished in Canada by British Parliament in 1834!
So how do you stay on the right course and not get turned around on your journey? A variety of helpful tricks and tips have been accumulated by thousands of like-minded darkies before you. Some of the most well-known of these tips include the fact that moss grows primarily on the north sides of trees, and to follow the North Star to keep you moving in the right direction. (Another similar method of orienting yourself properly is referenced in "Follow the Drinking Gourd", which is attached to this guide.)
Evading capture will not be an easy feat, of course. Your ex-owners will doubtlessly notice your escape, and they will almost certainly send hunters to pursue you. Hiding during the day and traveling at night, as well as passing through any stream or river you encounter to mask your scent, will certainly bolster your chances of succeeding in your trek to Canada. But no one man can undertake this journey alone, which leads us to the next part of this guide:
Step 3: Get help!
Most will probably point you towards Cleveland, Ohio, which is likely one of the safest places in the United States for a darkie. It's a bustling community of both black and white men and women, and is far, far away from the Southern plantation from which you came. Some may be tempted to end their journey here and settle down; but as comfortable and welcoming as Cleveland may seem, it's not entirely safe. There's still the risk that a white man will capture you here and drag you back to the South. For this reason alone, it's worth traversing the final stretch to Canada, preferably on the boat of a wealthy and sympathetic white man. No matter how you get there, Canada must remain your ultimate destination.