Fredrick Douglass

Fredrick Douglass

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  • Frederick Douglass was born a slave. He never knew his father. He didn’t really know his mother that much either. Douglass was sold many times and had to travel to many plantations. He had to work all day, every day, and was beaten very often by his master, Mr. Covey. The beatings were vicious and cruel and left many scars on the slave’s body. One day, he couldn’t  deal with it anymore, so he ran away... 
  • He ran very fast and far and wide. Soon after he stopped, Douglass found himself in the middle of the cool, damp, woods. When he was looking around, he found another man. He talked to the man, and they became acquainted. He found that his name was Sandy Jenkins and he was also a slave. He said to Douglass, “I was on my way to my wife’s home, would you care to join?”. “I guess I could. I don’t have any other place to go.” Douglass said laughing.
  • When they arrived, Douglass asked for some help with his situation. Sandy said to Douglass, “You need to go back and face Covey. Though, before you go, there is a sacred ROOT that you need to stop the beatings.” Douglass chuckled because just the thought that a “root” could stop a whip was crazy. But Douglass soon knew he was serious, due to Sandy’s solemn face. Sandy led Douglass to a desolate spot in the woods where he soon gave him the root saying, “Always keep it in your right pocket.” 
  • The next morning, Douglass said goodbye to Sandy and his wife. He also thanked him for the root and all of his help. Douglass then set off to the farm. It was time to face Covey. It took him a while to travel, but finally arrived at the plantation, still morning. Covey was waiting there for him, but didn’t go to whip or beat Douglass and he was kind of... nice? He thought it was fishy, but didn’t think much about it.
  • A couple days later, Covey said to Douglass, “Go tend to the horses.”  “Yes sir.” answered Douglass. Douglass headed to the stables where the horses were kept. He was brushing and cleaning the horses when out of nowhere Covey jumped at him. Covey knocked Douglass down and tried to tie up his hands and legs to keep him down. That's when Douglass hit Covey in the chest as hard as he could with his knee and knocked him over. Then after a couple more punches and kicks Covey called out “Help me Hughes!”, and then came Hughes to help.
  • As Hughes was coming over to hit Douglass, Douglass grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the side. He ran away in fear and pain, which left just Douglass and Covey. Covey ran to an area of the stables and went for a stick, but Douglass kicked him so hard he thought he heard a “crack”. They fought for many hours. After they were done, both exhausted, Douglass left Covey there, knowing he would be fine. He knew Covey wouldn’t try to do that again, at least for a while. He felt this… root… a change of power…
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