Frederick Douglass was born into slavery. He was moved to different plantations to work. He also was owned by another human most of his life. Most of the masters he worked for were brutal especially one in particular. In 1833 Frederick was moved to a new farm in the possession of a master named Covey. Covey treated his slaves like sheep not real humans. On one of the days Douglass was working in his station he became dizzy. BOOM! He fell to the ground.
“What’s going on? Why aren't you working?” “He’s exhausted sir…” A worker replied. “Get back to work before I have to deal you you too!” Covey snapped. Covey approached Douglass. Douglass knew a beating coming and had given up. He had decided to let Covey do his worst. Covey gave him a boot to his side and hit him on the head with a slab of wood then left him for dead. Struggling, Douglass had to escape through the woods to escape Covey from whipping him later on for not continuing work when he could have.
He had the option of staying in the woods and starving or going back and be whipped to death. His chances of survival were close to nothing until he ran into a former slave named Sandy Jenkins. “You must go back to the plantation, but I may be able to help lessen the pain.” “How?” “Go to the part of the woods that has the root. Take that root with you and you will not get whipped by a white man as long as you keep it with you. It has worked well for me.”