Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He has to work on plantations and houses down south, since that was where slavery is. Northerners did not agree with slavery and they thought it was wrong. He has switched/ hopped from owner to owner. He had never knew his mother that well. She would only really come at night to see him. As he had got older he had lived at his master Thomas’ house. He had to work there as a slave even if he wasn’t working on a plantation.
One day he was called to work for Covey on a plantation. Covey was a harsh and rude man who enjoyed whipping slaves for the fun of it. Fredrick had left Master Thomas’s house and went to work for Mr. Covey at the plantation on January 1st of 1833. For the first time in all of Fredrick Douglass’s life, he was now a field hand. He notices when he gets to the plantation that everyone is working in the fields for Covey.
When he had lived with Covey he would get tired because he would have to work day and night for Covey. He would only give Fredrick a little bit of time to eat. One day, Fredrick had decided to run away since he would be kicked and whipped nonstop if Fredrick had got tired. He was not sure if he wanted to head back and be whipped or stay in the woods to starve. This was a very tough decision for Fredrick to make.