Frederick Douglass was a slave since he was born. When he went to the Auld’s house, Mrs.Auld taught him how to read and since then he has a yearning to learn new things and to read and write. Then Mr.Auld told him not to read and Mrs. Auld became harsher towards him and started treating him more differently than when he first got here. After he left them he had two more masters before he was sent to Mr. Covey. The Auld's decided they wanted to send Douglass somewhere to become more diciplined.
He returns and when Covey sees him, he speaks to him and treats him kindly and tells him after he tends to the pigs top go to church.Then a few days later, while Douglass was tending to the horses , Covey snuck up behind him and tried to tie his legs together but he failed. Then Douglass started fight back. He seized Covey by the throat and started to choke him so Covey called for assistance from Hughes. Douglass kicked Hughes and made him fall down, then Covey called for Bill, a slave, to help him but Bill ignored him and walked away. The fight lasted two hours until Covey gave up. After that Covey never whipped Douglass and Douglass never got whipped.
For a long time Mr.Covey would whip Frederick for the smallest things and always watched him, so he made sure he wouldn’t teach any other slave how to read.He would always sneak up on slaves, trying to scare them and make them work harder. One hot day while Frederick and 3 other slaves were plowing the fields and Frederick collapsed. Mr.Covey heard the fan stop and went over, with his whip, to see what was the problem. When he saw that Frederick was lying on the ground he kicked him violently 3 times in the side and the head then whipped him until he decided it was enough. Frederick ran away to one of his former slave friend’s house and he offered Douglass a solution. He gave him a root from a tree in the woods and told him to hold it on his right side and no whip will ever touch him again.