Douglass use to be working at Mr.Auld’s farm but was later sent off to work on Mr.Covey’s plantation. Frederick Douglass had been learning how to read from Mrs.Auld. When Mr.Auld found out about this and didn’t want him to have such great power. At Mr.Covey’s plantation he we become tamed and manageable. Mr.Covey was known as the most savage and cruel slave breaker.“What are you doing? Are you teaching Frederick how to read?” Mr.Auld questioned.Yes, he’s a person too, why can't he read?” Mrs.Auld repiled.“ It’s unfit to teach a slave how to read. They can achieve great power from reading. It can open their mind to a whole new world.”Mr.Auld argued“ You must stop teaching him this instant, and we have to make a plan of where we are going to send him.” Mr Auld said with sincere.
In the first few months Frederick Douglass became more mellow but barely a week passed by without receiving a whipping from Mr.Covey. The spark of joy finally faded away and Douglass became depressed and sometimes he thought of killing himself. This all happened because Mr.Covey broke Frederick Douglass down physically and mentally. He could never have the same compassion and joy no matter how much he tired. His depression was like a disease he could never get back to normal.
Douglass was always exhausted, the slaves barely had time to sleep. They were up even past midnight still working in the fields. Frederick Douglass was worked past endurance all the time. Douglass didn’t have time to rest he was always worked to the extremes. If the slaves were caught not working they would be savagely whipped by Mr.Covey. Barely a week went by without Frederick Douglass getting whipped. Douglass has scars physically and mentally from all of the beatings.
Douglass was done of getting beaten so he decided to run away from Mr.Covey’s plantation. When he was out there in the forest Frederick Douglass meets this other slave Sandy. Sandy was very warm and welcoming and gave advice to Frederick Douglass. Sandy gives Douglass a “magic root” and says “you must carry this all the time on the right side of your body, this will prevent you from getting beaten from Mr.Covey or any other white person.” Douglass was unsure about this but he had nothing else not even the slight bit of hope So he went along with this. Douglass said curiously “Are you positive this works?” All that Sandy says confidently “ You will have to experience the powers firsthand to believe in the “magic root”!!”
Douglass decides to head back to the plantation and face Mr.Covey. Douglass is thinking to himself that he has nothing to lose so why not fight Mr.Covey. Frederick Douglass is gaining more hope every time he gets closer to the plantation. Mr.Covey and Frederick Douglass make eye contact right away and deep down Douglass knows that something bad is about to happen. All of a sudden Mr.Covey tackles Douglass to the ground violently. But this time Douglass doesn't let Mr.Covey win. Out of nowhere Douglass has the courage to fight back. Douglass is starting to believe in the “magic root” and he is too determined to back out now. Douglass fights his hardest until Mr.Covey pulls away.
The fight with Covey was the major turning point for Douglass. This fight showed that he wasn't going to let Mr.Covey take advantage of his slaves. Also that Frederick Douglass wasn't going to take these whippings anymore and wasn’t going to act like a slave after this event. Douglass shows that he isn’t afraid to stand up for himself. After this event Douglass was never whipped by another white man again. Douglass had regain some of his joy and he has a spark of excitement. This fight changed Douglass perspective on slavery.