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What are some of Frederick Douglass' violent struggles against slavery in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass?

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In chapter 10, Frederick arrives at Mr. Covey's plantation, where he is forced to work in the fields for the first time in his life. One day, Frederick is driving a cart and loses control of the oxen. Frederick barely survives as the cart overturns and injures the animals. When Frederick informs Mr. Covey about the accident, Mr. Covey takes him into the woods and tells him to remove his clothes. Mr. Covey then proceeds to whip Frederick with three large switches repeatedly until the sticks break in his hands. After surviving his first brutal whipping by Mr. Covey, Frederick mentions that it was the first of many beatings he received from his brutal overseer. Frederick also recalls how Mr. Covey would starve the slaves and overwork them each day. After six months with Mr. Covey, Frederick admits that Mr. Covey had made him a brute and successfully broke his will.

However, Frederick finds the courage and strength to defy his overseer by traveling seven miles to St. Michael's to inform his...

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