Frederick lived with Mrs, and Mr Auld but they rented him out to a slave breaker named Covey, because Frederick was learning how to read. They did this because Frederick learned how to read and they thought any slave that could read would be unfit to be a slave. Before he left Frederick was a nanny for their son.
On one blazing hot August day, Frederick was working in the field fanning wheat with three other slaves until all of a sudden he fell deeply ill. Covey heard the mill stop turning. Covey heard the mill stop turning. That very second he came out of his house flaming, he started to yell at the other slaves “
Frederick barreled along his way the plantation. When Frederick arrived at the plantation he got a little bit of leisure time because it was a cold desolate Sunday afternoon. Frederick spent his spare time reading, while other slaves spent their time playing sports, or doing activities with their fellow slaves. So Covey spent extra time trying to break Frederick, and that's how the conflict started between them both.
Latter when Covey wasn’t watching Frederick he scurried off into the forest, to find an old friend named Sandy that used to work on the plantation with him. “Hey Sandy, I was just whipped by my slave master, would you mind if I stayed the night here?” “No, not all you can come inside and we can talk this over.” “
One early Tuesday morning Frederick was awaken by the roosters Frederick was read to start a long day of work. Covey started to notice that Frederick is learning how to read. This was bad for Covey, one day he caught Frederick reading and he started to whip him. You see if Frederick learns to read he can teach the other slaves and then they can rebel against Covey. One day Covey succeed in breaking Frederick, his long lived desire to read was shattered.
As Frederick got to the gate of the plantation Covey came out of his house to greet Frederick. “Go get to work in the mills” Covey said to Frederick. Frederick did what Covey asked of him and got to work in the mills. When Frederick was done after a long days of work, Covey pulled him aside to talk to him.
“WHERE IS HE!” he shouted “Over there next to the barn”. Covey raced over there to find that Frederick was crawling on the ground underneath the shadow of a tree. “WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING” Covey shouted at Frederick he responded by saying “Im tired” Covey whipped Frederick with all the power in his body “GET UP” Covey shouted, “I can't” Covey Whipped Frederick again. “GET UP” he said once more. This time with every ounce of strength he had in his body he managed to stand to his feet. “I'm exhausted, can I take a short break?” “Covey barked NO get back to work.”
But Covey gave up, releasing his grip on Frederick and then he gave up. Frederick had won the fight. Page 6
“Okay, thank you” Frederick said. Next morning Sandy woke up Frederick and brought him into the forest to give him a “magical root” that would make it impossible for Frederick to get whipped if he kept it in his right pocket. “Are you sure this will protect me from the wrath of Covey?” “Yes, as long as you do what I say it will work.” After Sandy gave Frederick the root he brought him back to Covey's plantation. “Thank you for all you’ve done Sandy.” “No problem whenever you need anything be sure to come to me.”
When Frederick was done after a long days of work, Covey pulled him aside to talk to him. All of a sudden Covey tried to tie Frederick up to a post on the mills. “What are you doing” Frederick shouted. This got the slaves attention and started to rally around both Frederick and Covey. All of a sudden Covey tackled Frederick and then they got into a full out brawl. “Someone help” Covey shouted, but no one came to his aid. Frederick was starting to get tired the acceleration of his heart started to pound against his chest. Frederick had his hands around Coveys neck and Covey had his hands around Fredericks neck.
The slaves were speechless over what just happened, they’ve never seen a slave fight back, they’ve never seen a slave stand up for themselves. “As I recall ever since I have stood up for my freedom I have never been whipped, or provoked by Covey nor any other white man.” Frederick said this when talking to another slave on the plantation. Covey never spoke of that situation because he didn’t want anyone to know that there was a slave he couldn’t break.