“Are you really going to keep on fighting with me Douglass?” asked Covey. “Of course I am going to keep fighting Covey. You have changed me into a horrible beast and you have treated me like I am an animal.” Douglass replied with pride, he told himself he wasn’t going to give up no matter what. Covey leaned over and reached for a stick, Douglass stopped him and brought him to the ground. “Bill!!” Covey yelled for more help. Bill came over and just stared at the fight. “Don’t just stand there! Get him off of me!” Covey demanded. “I was hired out of work, I never said I would help you beat people.”, Bill said as he stepped away from the fight. Douglass was relieved to hear this. He thought about what Bill said, he wondered how Bill wasn’t as corrupt as Hughes and Covey.
Covey and Douglass were fighting alone for about two hours. Eventually, Covey let go of Douglass. Douglass was tired but not as tired as Covey. “If you hadn’t of resisted so much I wouldn’t have beaten you as much.” Covey explained. The truth was Covey never even beat Douglass. “Either way, you would have beaten me as long as you pleased Covey.” Douglass replied. Douglass new this for a fact. He new this long before the fight. Covey never showed any mercy when he was beating a slave.
This fight was a huge turning point in Douglass’s career as a slave. He got a new sense of hope and power back. After this interaction Douglass got in many fights but no one ever beat him again. He refused to be treated like an animal, as he was before. Years later on September 3rd, 1838 Douglass succeeded in running away. When he became free he started a family and became an abolitionist. He also wrote an autobiography about his life in slavery.