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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave who faced many challenges in his life. He was born into slavery and had known no other way of life. All his life had been faced with brutal beatings and extreme labor..As he got older all the abuse had began to take a toll on him, but every time he would stop to take a breath or cool down he would get whipped for not working. He had one master in particular named Mr.Covey who was known for this. One day Douglassdecided he had had enough and he began to think of ways to escape the plantation.
  • One night Frederick decides to escape to the river. He ran until he got to the thick woods where he could hear the sound of the rushing water about a mile away from the plantation. While in the woods he ran into another runaway slave that Frederick recognized.The man gave Douglass a plant that would help The next morning Frederick arrived at the plantation. As he approached the field he could see covey in the field although he seemed to have a sincere look on his face. Douglass walked right by him with no reaction whatsoever. The next day as Frederick was walking to the horse stable like he did every day. As he entered the stable he felt a rope wrap around his legs. Frederick immediately knew what was happening and began to kick and squirm his way out of it. He jumped up with a urge to fight. He charged Covey and seized him by the throat. They both rolled around exchanging punches and kicks, Covey tried to call for help, but the minute the man tried to grab Frederick he gave him a heavy kick to the gut stopping him dead in his tracks. That left Frederick and Covey alone and Frederick was going to show no mercy.
  • Although he had defeated Covey there was still a lesson to be learned. Douglass was proud of himself and had begun  to think of himself as a “free slave,” but he still had a lot of work to do if he wanted to abolish slavery. Douglass learned that if you want to accomplish your dreams you have to work towards it everyday, no matter how close you may be.This meant he couldn't just sit back and hope for the best, he would have to work hard towards his goal if he wanted to become the Frederick Douglass we knew today.   
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