Fredrick Douglass was a black slave who was born in Maryland on a plantation. When he got older he was sent to work on Mr.Covey’s plantation. When he was young he didn’t know his father and could barely remember his mother. The slaves were forced to work in all conditions including rain, snow, sleet, and even hail. Mr.Covey was one of Fredrick's worst masters that he had ever had. There might be a tornado outside and Mr.Covey would still make them work. All because Mr.Covey wanted to get work done and make money.
Mr.Covey was a man meaner than a snake who was hardened by slavery and would beat any slave just for sleeping in or doing something that was not to his standards. If a slave was sick and could not get up to work they would get beaten. If Mr.Covey wasn't bad enough, the conditions were horrible too. They had to sleep on the hard wet ground, they had to work in all types of weather, and they got barely any clothing or time to eat. Their lives were pretty bad.
One day Fredrick ran from Mr.Covey after he had back to the plantation. He got to the cornfield before Mr.Covey could catch up and Fredrick hid in the field until Mr.Covey gave up his search. He then went further into the woods and met an old man named Sandy. Sandy invited Fredrick to go to his wife’s house with him to spend the night. “Here take this.” said Sandy. “What is it.” said Fredrick. “It is a magic root that will give you luck.” said Sandy. Fredrick doubted the root’s power and didn't want to take it. He didn't want to be rude, so he took it anyway. The next morning Fredrick arrived at the plantation and was then asked to go rub, curry, and feed the horses.