When Frederick Douglass was 16 he was sent to a new master in Baltimore his name was Thomas Auld. His wife Mrs. Auld was nice, kind, and treated him like a normal person when Douglass first arrived she even started teaching Douglass how to read everyday. After Mr. Auld found out she was teaching Douglass how to read he told her to stop immediately and it wasn’t right for a slave to know how to read. And he didn’t need to have knowledge after that Mrs. Auld was never the same she became mean and cruel and talked to Douglass like a slave. After that Mr. Auld decided that Douglass was a very defiant slave and needed to be broken so he rented him out to another slave master for a year this slave master had a reputation for breaking slaves his name was Edward Covey.
As soon as Douglass first got to Mr.Covey not a lot of time past before he was already whipping him for no reason. Covey always seemed to be watching all the slaves with a close eye. He worked Douglass twice as hard and made Douglass work longer than the others. He only gave all the slaves five minutes to eat their food. Working from sunup to sundown was not uncommon for the slaves they were often worked up to the point where they couldn’t anymore. Covey would even sit in the fields to watch the slaves work.
The first six months with Mr.Covey were the hardest for Douglass all the slaves were worked in any type of weather and worked all day. When Covey had officially broken Douglass he was hurt and tired. Douglass actually got time off from the fields, he sometimes thought about committing suicide due too his life on the plantation.