Frederick douglass was a slave who was sent from Mr and Mrs auld from baltimore to a plantation to be broken by a slave breaker named Covey. One hot summer day when Douglass was working the fan, his strength suddenly failed him he fell to the ground like a falling stone. “Are you alright?’’ one of his fellow slaves asked him. “Yes i’m fine’’ Douglass replied after he got up. He continued on working even though his head was pounding, finally he could take it no longer. He went to go find shade in a grove of trees nearby
Covey came over to Douglass and demanded why he wasn't working. Douglass replied that his head was in pain and he couldn't go on with his work. Covey then procedes to hit him on the head with a large wooden hickory plank.
Fed up with everything at the plantation, that night Douglass decides to run away. He ends up with a older slave whos gives him a root saying “if you hold this at your left wherever you go you won't be whipped.” Douglass doesn't believe him but he takes it anyway. There's no reason not to hope.
Douglass knows he will be whipped if he goes back but he has no other place to go since he won't survive on his own out in the woods. As soon as Douglass steps foot back on the plantation Covey is ready to whip him.
But as Covey gets ready to whip him, Douglass grabs hold of him and the fight begins. The other slaves have never seen any slave stand up to Covey before. The two roll and wrestle in the dirt, finally Covey gives up at last.
After they both recover, Douglass sees respect in Covey’s eyes, something he's never seen before in Covey. This is the first slave that Covey could not break. From this day on Douglass could sleep easy knowing that Covey would never try to whip him again. Douglass found his first step to freedom even if it's only mental. It turns out, the root worked.