One warm sunny day on a slave plantation, Frederick Douglass was working hard and doing what he was told to in the fields. In Douglass's free time, he read and mostly kept to himself. He was a very strong worker, but the evil slavebreaker, Covey, knew he had to break Douglass before it was too late and he taught other slaves to read and think for themselves. Douglass looked up from the fields, and saw one of his fellow slaves being brutally whipped. Covey glared at him from across the field, and Douglass knew he was next.
Douglass ran for cover in the forest, and did not turn back. He kept on running until he couldn't anymore. When he finally stopped running, he wasn't planning on going back. Then he thought about his mother, how she would journey all night just to see him and hold him. He remembered his fellow slaves, working all day and short nights, barely even getting by. Douglass knew he had to go back to the plantation, no matter what Covey would do to him. He had to help his people fight back against slavery. The next day he got up and marched right back to the slave plantation. Douglass saw the anger and frustration in Coveys eyes, glaring straight at him. Covey started marching towards him, whip ready and all. He raised the whip and launched it forward, Douglass raised up his hand just in time to block the whip, which is something no slave had ever done. Douglass launched at Covey to prevent him from whipping him again, and a fight broke out. They wrestled on and on and the other slaves began to gather around and watch in astoundment. Frederick Douglass was fighting back for his rights!
After going back and forth, Covey finally gave up fighting. He looked at Douglass with new eyes, filled with fear, but also respect. The slaves cheered and went back to work, but now filled with hope. Douglass would never be whipped again, and Covey would never tell a soul that a slave fought him and beat him. That day Frederick Douglass made history, for standing up for himself and all the slaves, and doing the right thing.