Frederick Douglass has been a slave since birth and didn’t know his mother well because she was moved to another plantation when he was young. He moved from home to home, and eventually ended up working on a plantation for a man named Covey. Covey was a cruel and cunning man that succeeded in breaking Douglass. Covey made us work from Dawn till Dusk and you would be punished if you had dared to stop. He has just come to Mr.Covey's house where he is going to work as a field hand for the first time in January 1833
Once Covey saw where Douglass was he said, “Get up now!” Douglass replied, “I can’t”. Douglass was weak and sickly and was unable to get up or move much. Covey gave him a savage kick in the side telling him to get up again. Douglass knew he didn’t have the energy to get up so he made no effort to obey Covey and decided to let him do his worst. Covey gave him a blow to the head and left Douglass to his fate, but Douglass got better and left to Mr.Aulds house.
The next day when Douglass was going back, as soon as he had reached the plantation, out ran Covey to whip him. Douglass escaped into the woods and Covey couldn’t catch him. Now he had the choice to go home and be killed or to stay in the woods and starve. In the woods he saw Sandy Jenkins who was also a slave. Sandy told Douglass”use this root and you won’t receive a beating”. Douglass decided he would test the root but wasn’t so sure if it would work and didn’t really believe it would.
The next day when Douglass went home, Covey didn’t whip him and instead was talking to him very kindly. Douglass found this odd but didn’t think anything of it. Douglass started to believe in what Sandy had told him about the root. Later that day when Douglass was tending to the horses, Covey attempted to grab hold of his legs with a rope. “Hold still!” screamed Covey “NO” said Douglass even louder and more violent As soon as Douglass figures out what he was up to he resolved to fight back. He didn’t know what had springed the urge inside him but the next thing he knew he had punched Covey.
Douglass’s resistance seemed to confuse Covey, this gave Douglass confidence knowing that he would have some advantage. Covey called Hughes for help because he was losing the fight. As soon as Hughes came Douglass gave him a heavy kick under the ribs causing it to fairly sicken him and fall over. As soon as Covey saw what happened to Hughes he was scared and weakend. Covey kept trying to fight unfairly because he was tired and losing.
Covey and Douglass’s fight lasted for nearly 2 more hours, of hitting, kicking and bruising. Covey grew tired and gave up and Douglass was stronger and gained hope again. The rest of the time that Douglass was there Covey never laid a hand on Douglass again, due to being afraid of Douglass. This battle with Covey changed Douglass’s life from then on. Ever since then Douglass has vowed to never act or think like a slave again.