Frederick Douglass was an African American slave. Douglass was a young man without any close family members. He barely got to see his mother and definitely didn't know who his father was. Something that he did know was that he would remain a slave as long as he lived and would have to work like a mule. Douglass was taken to Covey who would soon become his new master. As Douglass is working for Covey he comes to realize that he is a very cruel and violent person almost as if Covey had no heart. Douglass describes how he was whipped very frequently for reasons such as not working fast or not getting to the plantation on time. Douglass remembers terrifying things that happened to other slaves, and would never forget the moments when he truly suffered.
On a hot summer day, Douglass was working in the fields along with other slaves. They were carrying wheat to the fan, a job that was ordered by Covey. As they carried the wheat Douglass began to feel weaker and weaker as time goes by. After some time Douglass's strength had failed him, he fell to the floor. He couldn't even get up from the ground without feeling extreme dizziness. Meanwhile, Covey was at the house while this took place. Some time goes by when Covey realizes that the wheat wasn't being fanned and so, Covey goes up to the spot where the slaves were working on the wheat and asks "where is Douglass!" one of the slaves named Bill responds to Covey saying "Douglass is sick" Meanwhile, Douglass was under a tree relieved from the sun.
Douglass was still under the tree when Covey comes up to him and asks "whats the matter with you!" Douglass could barely even speak. Covey then gave Douglass a brutal kick on his side "GET UP!" Covey said. Douglass tried to get up but fell at his attempt. Finally when Douglass was able to get up, Covey then hit Douglass on his head making a large wound on his head blood went everywhere. Once again Covey told Douglass to get up again, but at the this point Douglass couldn't even make the effort.