Frederick Douglass
Updated: 1/17/2020
Frederick Douglass
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  • Mr. Auld, Fredrick Douglass's owner, hires Edward Covey, a man known for "breaking" unruly enslaved people. Mr. Douglass stays with him for a year.
  • After a terrible beating, Mr. Douglas runs away, only to return home, for fear of starving in the forest.
  • To his surprise, Mr. Covey is nonchalant. Mr. Douglas is not met with a beating, but with a hello, and a request to get to work.
  • The next day, as Mr. Douglass works, Edward attacks. He comes into the stable with a long rope, and tries to tie up Mr. Douglass, to whip him. However, Frederick "resolved to fight" (71) and grabbed Edward by the throat. He was done with being whipped.
  • They fight for about two hours, with Mr. Douglas winning. In the six following months together,Mr. Douglass never gets whipped by Edward again.
  • This inspired Mr. Douglas with a determination to be free. He saw the fight as a transformation, referring to it;"You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man." (66)
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