The Fight that changed Frederick Douglass's Life Part 1

The Fight that changed Frederick Douglass's Life Part 1

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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave that was born in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland. He suffered through many tragedies and pain due to slavery. Frederick didn’t know his father, he barely knew his mother, and he didn’t know his birthday. As Douglass grew older he moved from plantation to plantation. He had many different masters as well. One of them stood out among the rest, Mr. Covey. Frederick was moved to Mr. Covey’s plantation on the first of January in the year 1833.
  • Mr. Covey was very cunning and he treated the slaves with little to no respect. One day Douglass was so tired of working for Covey, so he ran into the woods. That next day he decided to head back home, Douglass knew Covey would punish him big time. When he got back he was beyond shocked. Covey talked to Douglass in a very kind way,     “Ready to work?” asked Covey. Douglass just stood there with a puzzled look and nodded his head. The rest of the day went on as an ordinary Sunday.
  • But then on the following Monday, it all changed. Mr. Covey entered the stable in which Douglass was working with a long rope. Covey started to tie Douglass’s feet together. Douglass realized what Covey was trying to do and started to fight back against Covey. “Arghhhhh!!!!”, Covey cried out in frustration. “Stop resisting Douglass!” he demanded. Douglass grabbed Covey by the neck and started to rise to his feet. “HUGHES!! HELP ME!!” Covey yelled. Hughes came right away and started to tie Douglass’s right hand. As he did this, Douglass gave him a hard kick to the ribs, Douglass had kicked Hughes so hard that even his foot was feeling a little pain. Hughes stepped away in pain.     “You really going to call for backup Covey?” questioned Douglass.
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