In this special part of the woods, he would find a magical root that would make it impossible for any white man to whip him. Frederick didn’t really believe him so Sandy tried to convince Frederick by telling him that back when he was a slave he had the root and he never, ever gotten whipped. His master was very kind to him and treated him well. Sandy believed this was all due to the magic root because all the other slaves weren’t treated as well as him. Frederick had decided that it wouldn't hurt just to go and find the root with Sandy.
So, they started walking into the woods to find the root. On the way there, Frederick showed gratitude for all that Sandy had done. “Thanks for all you have done.” Said Frederick. “No problem. Anything to help. I was a slave once too. But now I’m a free man. I have a family back at home. When I met you it reminded me of my old circumstances and how poorly I was being treated so I wanted to help you out.” Said Sandy. “Thank you so much sir.” Said Frederick. When they found the root Frederick took it and carried it on his right side. Just how Sandy told him to.
The next morning Frederick instantly headed back to Covey’s Plantation. Even though he didn’t want to, he did it because he knew there would be even worse consequences if he didn’t come back. As he came in through the gate, Covey gave Frederick his daily orders but, he spoke very kindly. He never speaks this way to his slaves. “Maybe Sandy was right after all.” Thought Frederick. This encounter made Frederick finally believe in the virtue of the root.