Frederick Douglass was born a black slave in Maryland sometime in the 1800’s. Frederick worked at a plantation in Maryland. But it wasn't just Frederick that was like this, it was hundreds of slaves that were worked all day and into the night with no pay. When Frederick was very young he got separated from his mother, along with many other slaves. His mother would walk all night through some woods just to see Frederick.
When Frederick got older he worked for a man named Mr. Covey, who was a cunning man. Working for Covey would change Douglass’ life. Covey would make the slaves work in the most wretched conditions for countless hours. Covey would sometimes whip the slaves just for fun and if it was an adult and they had kids, Covey would usually make them watch. The more the kids cried and pleaded for their parents release he would whip harder and harder. When the slaves were working in the fields he would crouch down and sneak up on them and shout “KEEP WORKING!"
One day when Frederick was working in the field, all of a sudden Covey ran out with some cowskin about to whip Frederick. Frederick saw Covey and started to run. Frederick ran through the corn field so he had some cover so Covey wouldn't see him. When Frederick was running away he ran into another slave named Sandy. Sandy: Hey Frederick... Frederick: Hey Sandy, i'm running away from Covey do you mind if i stay with you for the night. Sandy: Sure.