On a monday morning, Covey once again approached Douglass with strange politeness about cleaning and feeding the horses in the barn. Douglass accepted the task, even though he didn’t have a choice, and headed to the barn. On his way there he reached into his pocket and squeezed the root to make sure it was still there. Frederick then fed and began to wash the horses. Frederick could hear footsteps getting closer, but he thought nothing of it, assuming it was a fellow slave. All of a sudden the barn door burst open and Covey launched himself at Douglass and grabbed his legs, and was trying to tie Frederick up. Douglass immediately realized what was happening and sprung up into the air and grabbed Coveys throat. They stared each other down so long it felt like time stood still, finally, Frederick made a move and tackled Covey, knocking him outside of the barn. Covey then brings Douglass down and they struggled for a few minutes. A fellow slaveholder, Hugh, walked over to see what was happening. Covey then commanded “Help me tie him up!” Hugh grabbed Frederick’s wrist and tried to hold him in place. Frederick resisted and gave Hugh a hefty kick to the stomach. Hugh let go and gave a sickened look. Hugh fled to the house and Covey had a worried look on his face. Covey now had to fight his own battle
A fellow slave, Bill, also checks what all the noise is about. When Covey Shouts at him to help him tie Frederick up, he refuses, stating “You already rented me out to the Harriets, I don't want to get in trouble because i'm doing your job” And with that Bill left and Covey was, once again, left to fight Douglass on his own. Hours had passed and they were still rolling around in their own sweat and dirt, by now a crowd had gathered around, standing in eerie silence besides the occasional grunt from one of the two fighters. Both Covey and Douglass were drenched in sweat and covered in dirt. Covey asks “Are you planning on continuing in fighting back” “You’ve treated me like an ignorant brute for too long!” Douglass Shouted. Finally, Frederick overpowered Covey which made him stop resisting and silently walk away, Frederick had won.
After this fight, Covey never whipping Frederick again. This fight with Covey made Frederick regain the confidence he had before Covey broke him. This confidence made him promise to eventually escape slavery! Frederick Douglass escaped slavery on September 3, 1838. His fight with Covey changed his outlook on his own life. This fight made him never see himself as being owned by someone else, but thinking of himself as a normal human being. Frederick, after escaping slavery, worked as an abolitionist, and wrote a book on his journeys through slavery. Douglass kept on working to abolish slavery, and got his hard work earned in 1865, when slavery ended, he worked in the government after this, until he died on Feb 20, 1895.