Back in 1833, there was a little boy named Frederick Douglass. He was an African child but got forcibly taken to America by boat to be a slave. At first he lived with a slave owner named Thomas Auld, but on January 1 of 1833 he got sent to a new owner named Mr. Covey. Mr. Covey owned a plantation in America. Mr. Covey worked his slaves from the first sight of sunlight, until the darkest point of the night. Frederick was a very lucky boy as he was never beaten in the first couple of days at Mr. Covey’s plantation.
One day, while on the plantation, Frederick was fanning wheat with three other slave for Mr. Covey. While bringing wheat to the fan, Frederick felt dehydrated. This caused him to fall onto the ground and for the other slaves to stop working. Mr Covey got alerted by this and quickly came over. “Why aren’t you working” Mr Covey asked the slaves. “We have no one to bring us wheat, so we can not do our job” the slaves replied.
“If you have no one to bring you wheat, then where is Frederick?” Mr. Covey asked. The slaves responded by telling Mr. Covey where Frederick was. When Mr. Covey found Frederick on the other side of the barn, he kicked Frederick telling him to get up. Frederick tried getting up, but quickly fell back down, thumping to the ground. Mr. Covey repeated this for the second time, but this time Frederick succeeded in getting up, but quickly fell stumbling forward. Mr. Covey had enough of this so he took a big stick right to the side of the head of Frederick.