Frederick was a born into slavery sometime in the 1800s. He lived and worked on a plantation in Maryland. Like any other slave children he didn’t know his dad, birthday, age, and was treated very badly. Also Fredrick was forced to sleep on old blankets with holes in it on the floor. Frederick rarely saw his mother and it was only at night because she lived on another plantation. His master Covey was rude, cruel, and just hurt his slaves whenever.
It was the hottest day of the summer and Frederick and his slave friends were fanning wheat or separating wheat from its stalk. Fredrick knew he would have to push through and not stop working. It was about 3 o'clock and Fredrick was super tired and fell to the ground. Covey heard the fanning stop and immediately came to see what the problem was. At the time Frederick had crawled away to get a break. Covey got there and asked “Where is he?” and they said, "Near one of the hands". He found Frederick and said “GET UP.” Fredrick couldn’t get up, so Covey hit him in the head. Over time his head got better.
That night Frederick saw Sandy Jenkins in the woods, a slave who he was really good friends with. Fredrick got some advice from Sandy to take a magic root so he couldn't get whipped by Covey or any white man. Sandy said “I carried it for years and never received a blow.”
That morning Fredrick set off back to the plantation and upon entering the gate he saw Covey. At that point he thought he was in trouble. Instead, Covey told him to clean and feed the pigs and he just passed on towards the church. Fredrick was unsure of the unusual behavior of Covey because when he did something wrong he got whipped or is pushed to do more. Fredrick thought it was because of the root.
That morning the power of the root was tested. Fredrick was asked to rub, brush, and feed the horses. Covey entered the stable with a long rope and caught a hold of Fredrick’s legs. Fredrick made a sudden jump to his legs and was brought sprawling to the floor. Fredrick knew that Covey thought he had him and could do what he wanted.
The spirit came from out of nowhere and made Fredrick fight back. Fredrick got Covey in a head lock and made him tremble like a leaf. Soon Covey called out for Hughes to help fight Fredrick and tie him up. When he had the chance Fredrick gave Hughes a hefty kick under the ribs makIng him curl in pain. The kick on Hughes made Covey panic because he knew he couldn’t defend Fredrick by himself. While Covey was on the ground trying to reach for his whip, Bill, another slave walked in asking what he could do. Covey said to Bill “Take hold of him, take hold of him.” Bill said he couldn’t help because he had been summoned work. This left Covy and Fredrick fighting man to man. Fredrick Evans Coveu ought for over two hours until Fredrick finally won. When the dust cleared Covey was heated pretty bad and Fredrick didn’t have a scratch on him. This was a turning point for Fredrick’s life. He knew he could beat Covey, and Covey knew it too. Even though Fredrick won the fight he still lost the battle because he was still a slave.