Frederick Douglass was born a slave sometime in the early 1800’s to a loving mother, which whom he only saw in the dark of midnight since she worked on another plantation. He hopped from holder to holder, each one worse than the last. Frederick has been on Mr.Covey’s plantation in Maryland for only a couple months now and each day was a struggle not to get beaten. Covey was the epitome of evil and had no empathy for any of the slaves. He wished so desperately that there would be another path for him other than slavery.
This particular day he awoke to the sound of Covey whipping the man next to him for not waking up on time. Before Mr.Covey got to take a crack at Douglass, he sprinted into the tall cornfield and hid trembling with fear. He waited there for hours until Covey finally gave up the hunt. Instead of going back, Douglass went into the woods and spent the whole of the day there walking with no destination. He pondered whether he should go back and be whipped to death or, stay and starve to death.
While roaming the woods feeling the emptiness in his stomach, Douglass ran into Sandy Jenkins. Sandy was on his way to visit his wife and offered to take Frederick in for the night,which Douglass graciously accepted. While on the way he told Sandy of his current situation. The advice Sandy gave him was, “You have to go back, if you go back now the consequences will less severe than if you stay. But before you go I must show you something.” He then led Douglass to another part of the forest where there was a “magical” root. Sandy told him that if he were to carry this root always on his right side, it would render it impossible for Mr.Covey to whip him again. At first, he thought it was ludicrous. Frederick exclaimed “ Do you really think I'm dumb enough to fall for that? It's just a stupid root anyways.” To which Sandy replied, “You just have to trust me and if it doesn't work at least we tried.”Douglass took the root and that night he stayed at the Jenkins household.