Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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  • Frederick Douglass was an African American slave in the 1800's. Douglass learned to read at a young age, so his master, Thomas Auld, found him very hard to handle. One day, Mr. Auld decided to send Douglass to a slave breaker. This slave breaker was Covey. Covey's job was to crush Douglass's newfound hope for freedom. Living on Covey’s plantation was very miserable. Douglass was forced to work all day every day. "How is this supposed to make me forget the truth of slavery?" Douglass always asked himself.
  • One very hot day, Douglass was working in the fields when all of a sudden his body shut down from the non-stop work and severe heat. As Douglass was lying on the ground he knew he was going to be in so much trouble for not working. But he physically couldn't get up! Just a few moments later Covey came over. “Get up NOW and get your job done!" Yelled Covey. Douglass attempted to get up but immediately fell back to the ground. “Get up now!” Covey kept yelling over and over again. Douglass once again tried to get up, only to fall to the ground once more. "I can't!" Douglass yelled back. "I can't get up!" For not doing as he said, Covey gave Douglass many kicks to the side. Douglass cried out in pain. Douglass struggled to sit upright on the ground. He still couldn't stand up! Douglass decided to let Covey do the worst to him.
  • After that incident, Douglass decided to go to Mr. Auld’s and ask for help. The outcome was unfortunate because Douglass was sent back to Covey’s plantation the next morning. As he approached the plantation, Douglass saw Covey running toward him with an angry look. Douglass scanned the area and realized that his best option was to run to the tall, overgrown, itchy, and enormous cornfield. Douglass ran as fast as he could, trying to find a good hiding spot in the overgrown corn field. He eventually crouched down somewhere in the back of the cornfield. After about 3 hours, Covey gave up looking. Douglass then decided to run away into the woods because he needed a little down time.
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