Frederick Douglass was an amazing man. He was born as a slave, but eventually escaped and later helped fight for rights for other slaves and women. Perhaps the most remarkable part of Frederick Douglass life was his ability to defy his own slave owner. He had been sent from his old master to a new plantation owned by a man named Covey.He was notorious to the slaves for being able to straighten out a slave if he or she acting up. Covey was a cruel man. Most slaves lived in fear of Covey, but one day, that changed for frederick douglass. One day Frederick Douglass was fanning wheat with a few other slaves when at about 3 o’clock he could not work anymore. His body broke down from exhaustion. He had a violent headache, was overcome with dizziness, and he fell to the ground. He had been working on the fan and when Covey heard the fan stop, he came right away. He walked over and asked Douglass what was wrong, to which Douglass answered him. Covey then beat him multiple times until Douglass gave up. At that point Douglass had decided to let Covey do his worst. Later that day Frederick ran away. He stayed the night with his friend Sandy Jenkins, who told him something miraculous. Apparently, there was a magic root in the woods, and whomever carried it could not get whipped. Douglass thought it was ridiculous, but he had nothing to lose. He took it and put it in his pocket, and then returned home the next day.
It was now Sunday morning, And Frederick Douglass was arriving home. When he got to the plantation he noticed that Covey was being nice to him.which should not have been happening since Frederick had ran away recently. This led him to believe that there really was something magical about the root. But all of this kindness changed the next day. The day after his arrival, Frederick Douglass was called to tend to the horses. Whilst he was in the middle of this, Covey entered the stable with a long rope. He had believed he could now do whatever he wanted with Douglass, but out of nowhere Douglass got the spirit to fight. He grabbed Covey by the throat, and caused blood to run where he held him. Mr covey called out for Hughes for help, but Frederick gave a heavy blow to hughes in the ribs. This kick not only injured Hughes, but also Covey’s confidence. Covey tried to drag Frederick Douglass to a stick nearby, but as he bent down to get the stick Douglass seized him. Bill then came, but when covey asked for help, he replied he had been hired for work, not help with whipping slaves. After this, Frederick and Covey battled for nearly two hours on their own. Eventually covey let Frederick go, and the fight was over. But Frederick’s new life had just began.
After the fight, Covey told Frederick Douglass that he would not have whipped Douglass nearly as much if he had not fought back. But in truth, he had not whipped Douglass at all. Though they both may have gotten injured in this fight, Douglass came out of it better than Covey had. He did not know if it was because of the root, or just sheer strength and power, but after their fight Frederick carried that root everywhere. Not only did he no longer get whipped, but he was also treated with a certain amount of respect. From this day on, he swore to himself he would no longer be a slave. While he may be called a slave, he would not think of himself as one. He fought for what he believed in, and he changed his fate. And you can too.