Frederick Douglass was like any other slave. He jumps backs and forth from plantation and plantation and met all types of slaves and slave owners. One of the plantations on Maryland Frederick met a cruel man named Covey. Covey was a man who didn’t try think how the slaves felt. He would whip any slave so he could to make sure he had power over all of the slaves and they were scared of him. Covey was so cruel he broke many slaves including Douglass. Douglass who originally wasn’t easily controllable. But now he does what the slave owners tell him to do without hesitation. He was constantly beat by Covey because of his work.
One day Douglass was walking back from running away from Covey when he was about to whip him. When he ran away he met a man named Sandy in the woods. He lived in the woods 4 miles away from Covey’s plantation. When he was there he was taken to the woods and given a root from Sandy, “If you take this root with you and carry it on your right side it would be impossible for Covey to whip you every again”. Eventually Douglass went back to the plantation where he thought Covey was going to be furious with him, but when he was there, Covey was talking to him in a unusually nice way. Covey told him to rub, comb, and feed the horses and Douglass obeyed because he thought the root was working.
When Douglass was about to leave the loft from doing what Covey told him to do he snuck up from behind him and tied his legs up. After Covey knows Douglass can’t move, he drags Douglass on the ground outside of the loft and gets ready to whip him. As Covey’s about to whip him, Douglass was able to untie himself and had enough and jumped at him and started to tackle him onto the ground. Douglass swung the first punch on Covey SMASH! Coveys nose broke. Covey was hurt and he knew it so he went and punched Douglass with all of his might WOOSH! Covey missed his punch which could’ve helped him win. Douglass was landing many punches hurting him badly. Covey was missing most of his hits and the ones that hit would do nothing.