The Battle Between Mr. Covey And Frederick Douglass 's Americ Race, Justice And The Promise Of

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When the battle between Mr. Covey and Douglass occurred it changed his opinion of giving up on freedom. Douglass states, “This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning point in my slave career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of my own manhood” (2207). In Peter C. Myer’s: Frederick Douglass 's America: Race, Justice and the Promise of the Founding, he describes that within his youth this climatic reversal he resolved to resist, and successfully resisted, a cruel slavemaster’s attempt to whip him. His forceful resistance proved no less powerfully liberating than his literacy. Douglass gained new knowledge that would help him defeat being whipped. From that moment on, Douglass was resolved to escape slavery or die trying. Although it puzzled him why Mr. Covey never took further actions other than fighting him, he figured he enjoyed his reputation. If he were to consider any acts upon Douglass he knew his reputation would be no more. When he got to Mr. Freeland’s he opened a Sabbath School and taught slaves and devoted Sundays teaching them to read. He felt honored to be able to teach them. Douglass said his slave friends had been starved and said he wanted to teach because he felt as he was doing something right in order to better his race. Although he admits saying, “I will give Mr. Freeland the credit of being the best master I ever had, till I became my own master” (2212). According to Broward College 's,…

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