Frederick Douglass was born a slave and at birth was separated from his mom and he never knew who his dad was, Douglass then moved to go live with a couple called the Aulds. During Frederick’s time there he was known for being very defiant. On January 1, 1833 Douglass was sent to live with a man named Covey. He was known for breaking defiant slaves. Douglass could picture Covey whipping slaves who went against him while he was riding in the cart to the plantation.
When Douglass gets to the plantation he finds Covey to sneak around a lot and stay hidden from slaves so that they never feel comfortable to stop working. Douglass watches how Covey will sneak up on unsuspecting slaves and jump out and whip them as he watches helplessly. The first couple weeks Frederick was so scared he didn’t know whether to just run if he ever saw Covey. One day Douglass is out in the field and he has been working so hard all day and is tired from the extreme heat index. So he decides to rust under a tall tree. All of a sudden Covey pops up with his big hickory stick and hits Douglass in the side, which was Covey’s warning blow to get up and keep working. Douglass was shocked one minute Coveys there then he pops up right behind you and you get a blow to the side of your chest.
The next week Douglass keeps his eyes peeled for Covey and makes sure to never stop working. One night one of the slaves came back to the big house farm house to go to bed with a huge open wound that was still bleeding he said, Covey caught me trying to meet with my wife and little daughter and whipped me and my daughter. This was all more real to Douglass how mean and cruel Covey can be. This only fueled the anger inside Douglass more and more. Douglass needed to find a way out but how?