When Frederick Douglass is moved to Covey’s farm, he knew it would be horrible. Covey was always beating and whipping slaves. From the very minute he there he saw Covey, mistreating and spewing insults at the slaves. He was a madman who let slavery and power go right to his head in an instant. It was like we were being held in prison for life, Covey was the warden.
Frederick Douglass was working in the field, very tired and very fatigued. He collapsed and Covey came over. Covey ordered Douglass to “get up.” When Douglass refused he was given a “savage kick in the side.” That was only one of hundreds and possibly even thousands of times that Covey mistreated slaves. Not long after, Frederick snuck into the woods to see a friend, he was given a certain beetroot that would stop a whip in a certain place, the most common.
The next morning Douglass went back to the farm, Covey then ran out with his cowskin, but Douglass fought back this time, he started fighting with Covey, Covey started calling other slaves over because he couldn't handle Douglass, they all refused. After a while of them rolling on the ground trying to outdo the other, Douglass finally won. After that day, Covey never beat Frederick Douglass again. Covey was afraid to let anyone know that the breaker had been broken, so from that day, hey respected Frederick Douglass, a change which had never been made before.