Frederick Douglass was a slave on a huge plantation under the watchful eye of a mean man, Covey. His life as a slave was hard and difficult. Douglass had no time to himself because he wasn’t trusted to be on his own. He worked day and night, 6 days a week, with only Sunday off. He got sick since he worked so long and hard in the heat, and would have to face the consequences if he stopped. Douglass always had to work, no matter how unbearable the pain was. Douglass couldn’t take it anymore, so he went to his old master Thomas Auld for help. He was sent right back to Covey, but ran into the woods because Covey was going to whip him. Douglass ran until he could not run anymore, and thought about the time he would have away from Covey.
As Douglass was in the woods, he heard someone approaching from behind. He thought it was a slavemaster who was going to return Douglass to Covey, but it turned out to be a slave named Sandy Jenkins. Sandy helped Douglass in the woods because he saw he was in a bad place. He gave him a special root that would make sure that Douglass was never whipped by any white man before. When Frederick Douglass returned to Covey, he was spoke to kindly, which Douglass knew was because of the root. “Douglass, could you please go bathe the horses in the stable?” asked Covey. “Yes, Covey.” responded Douglass. While Douglass was in the stable, Covey got Douglass to the ground by grabbing at his legs, and pulling him down. Douglass did one thing he had never done before, he fought back. “You should know you are going to regret this!” explained Covey. “I will be grateful, and I will not regret any part of it!” yelled Douglass. They kicked and punched, and Douglass got ahold of Covey this time. In the back of his mind, Frederick Douglass knew the root was the reason he stood up to Covey.
Covey let go of Douglass, huffing and puffing, and Douglass realized he had won the fight! Covey was now fearful of what other things Douglass could do. In his next 4 years of slavery, Frederick Douglass never had a hand land on him again. He shows that when you are determined, you can do anything you put your mind to. Frederick Douglass was revived.