Frederick Douglass was born as a slave on a farm in Maryland. He had several different masters over the years. One farm was especially bad for him. On this farm, he had to deal with a mean man named Covey. Covey would whip slaves for no reason! There would rarely be a week where Frederick didn’t get whipped! He couldn’t even get enough time to eat! One day, Frederick ran away, but then he came back, lots of drama started.
“Boy! Get up and clean the horse stables!” Covey yelled at him one morning. When Frederick went to clean the hay loft, Covey entered the stables with a whip. “What are you doing?” Frederick asked him. “Why are you here?” “I am here to punish you for running away!” Covey responded harshly. Suddenly Frederick realized that he was about to get whipped!
At this moment Frederick knew that the only way for him not to get whipped was to fight Covey. Frederick was well aware of the fact that if he lost this fight he would get whipped even harder and longer. Despite this, he decided to fight him.