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  • Frederick Douglass was a slave born in February 1818 in Cordova, Maryland. He was one of the few slaves who knew how to read at the age of  15. Frederick Douglass’ first time as a field worker under a slaveholder named Covey for one year. He was as nasty as a snake, an ill hearted man. Frederick worked 14 plus hours per day doing labor intensive work. There were barely hours enough to sleep. Then when they had the few hours to sleep, they slept in awful conditions.
  • As they worked sunup to sundown barley a week went by without a punishment being given out. Mr. Covey often acted like he would leave the house and go find a hiding spot to spy on the diligently working slaves. He would find a slacker and jump out at them and scream “AHHHHH”. The unlucky slave would receive a whipping or a different punishment if Covey thought it was fitting. One sunny Sunday Frederick sat sleepily by a tree and started to think, he thought about the farm and Mr. Covey, also how far he thought freedom was. Then his mind drifted around as if it were a balloon and started thinking about the northerners and how he hoped they would free him. But then came to the conclusion that his hope was destroyed as if torrents of water were down pouring upon it.
  • One day around sunset Frederick Douglass was working in the field and felt drowsy and collapsed.  Covey asked Bill, “Why did you stop!”     “Douglass is sick he can't work.” Covey walked over to Frederick and told him to get up but he couldn’t. Covey yelled, “GET UP!!” Frederick struggled to lift his body. Soon Covey gave a devastating kick to Frederick’s ribs, after failing to  get up. Frederick staggered to his feet and but fell yet again. Covey incensed grabbed a hickory stick and clobbered Frederick’s head with the sturdy stick.
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