Bam, boom, bang, “Get him Frederick!” said a slave. Bang, BOOM! Frederick knew that he won this battle against his master Covey. This struck fear in Covey’s eyes. Let’s start from the beginning. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland and moved from one plantation to another and had a strong determination to read. He was sent to a “slave breaker” named Covey to break his spirit.
This all started on a hot day in August 1833, I was chopping wheat with a fan, with my partners Bill, Smith, and Eli. Eli was turning the fan, Smith was putting the wheat in the fan, Bill was chopping the wheat off the stalks, and I was bringing the wheat to the fan. The time was around three o’clock I had the a terrible headache and dizziness and at that time I fell to the ground of sickness.
Soon Mr. Covey got suspicious because the fan was not running and went to go check it out. He found Bill where I fell but I was not there and asked what happened. Bill told him I was by a tree. He found me lying on the ground by the tree and told me to “Get up”. I said, “I feel sick and can’t get up.” so he kicked me again and again, but I still didn’t get up. He hit me on my head with a stick and then I got up do to the pain. Then I knew at this time, I had to leave the plantation.