Growing up, Frederick Douglass had only seen his mother a few times and at times he felt as if he were alone. He would spend days and nights working on plantations and farms and was given dirty and damp rags to use as clothes. His owners treated Douglass like he was an animal in the harsh and horrid conditions they put him through. He would go multiple plantations and farms as a child. Whenever Frederick did not work up to his slave owners standards he would be brutally whipped or beat, even as a child. Fredericks dream was to learn how to read and have freedom for him and all his fellow slaves. No matter the conditions, Frederick would still have a glimmer of hope.
One day, Frederick was moved to a new plantation. He was moved to this plantation because Frederick rebellious towards the idea of slavery and wanted his freedom. Frederick had met a new man named Mr. Covey, Mr. Covey was considered a ”slave breaker”, this means that his job was supposed to break any slaves spirit or hope of being anything but a slave that does work for them. Mr. Covey would whip them very hard and the pain for the slaves would be intense. Even after that, Mr. Covey would continue to whip them. Although Fredericks dream for freedom may have seemed impossible at times, Frederick never gave up no matter the circumstances.
Mr. Covey did not want Frederick or any other slaves to have any goals. All Mr. Covey wanted them to do was to work. After all, Mr. Covey’s job was supposed to break the spirit of slaves. Frederick Douglass was so hopeful of getting his freedom, he even considered escaping the plantation. Some other slaves had dreams just like Frederick too.Mr. Covey and Frederick Douglass did not like each other because Frederick did not want to be a slave and Mr. Covey wanted to break Frederick Douglass’s spirit and hope. But some slaves had fallen into Mr. Covey's trap. That trap was being broken and having no hope for their future.
Frederick Douglass was beginning to wonder if him and his fellow slave were ever going to be anything more than just property. Mr. Covey’s plan had maybe started to work. But one day, Frederick came across another slave who had given him a “magical” root that would grant any slave who held it the privilege of not being beat or whipped by their slave owner. Frederick Douglass was so desperate that he would do anything to gain his freedom. This root gave him more confidence and hope of achieving his dreams.
Since Frederick Douglass had found new hope he decided it was time for him to make a change. With hope that the root that his fellow slave gave him would work, the next time Mr. Covey touched Frederick, Frederick fought back. They fought for a while but in the end Frederick had ended up victorious. Frederick was proud of himself and believed that the root had helped him.
Now that Frederick Douglass had finally stood up for himself, Mr. Covey accepted his defeat and never touched Frederick again. Frederick Douglass had stood up for himself and it had payed off. This conflict would teach Frederick Douglass many things and would later help him become a pioneer for the abolitionist movement. He had helped a lot with his fellow slaves gaining their freedom and will always be remembered.