Frederick Douglass was sent from where he was staying in Baltimore, Maryland to a man named Mr. Covey by his master Mr. Auld. Mr. Auld had another plantation in Maryland. He sent Douglass to work for another farmer that was close by so he could break Frederick. Where Frederick was staying, he was very close to the ocean, so traveling by boat was the best option. When he got to the plantation he was nervous. He would now start his time at Coveys as a field worker which he had never been before.
Frederick Douglass had been working for Mr. covey for a while now. Those first couple of days were alright. Covey fed the slaves fairly and always made sure that they were working at the times they were told to. But later on in his experience with Covey, he learned that he was not the kind of person that really cares about his slaves. Frederick Douglass and all the other slaves had to be focused on work at all times. Not once are they allowed to stop working.
The slaves that worked for Covey were sometimes scared of him. The slaves had to work from when Mr. Covey told them to in the morning to when he told them to stop in the evening. They weren’t allowed to stop and if they did they would be beaten. The slaves were scared to stop working because Covey could be watching them and if he was, he would spring out and whip them. They worked long, hot, sticky, sweaty days in the fields.
On a hot, sweaty day, Frederick wasn’t feeling good. He didn’t have the strength to work. Mr. Covey came up to him and asked, “what’s the deal with you?” Frederick said, “I’m feeling ill, I can’t work anymore.” As soon as Covey heard those words come out of his mouth he kicked him in the side. The kick felt like he had been hit in the side by a shovel.
Douglass was now scared of Covey, so he decided to run all the way back to his old master Mr. Auld. When he arrived, Mr. Auld sent him straight back to Covey. At this point, Douglass was very fearful of what Covey would do now that he had been gone for so long. So Douglass decided to run into the forest to get as far away from Covey as possible. There he met another slave named Sandy Jenkins that took care of him. Sandy gave him a magical root that would give him special powers.
Now that Frederick had his new root, he felt so powerful, like he could do anything! He was fed up with all of Covey’s beatings, so he decided to fight him. Frederick new that with his magical root he could do anything. As he was there, Covey was very mad. “Why were you gone for so long?” Covey asked. “I was busy” said Douglass. Covey went to hit him and right before he did Frederick hit him and Covey fell to the ground.