Frederick Douglass was born in to slavery sometime between 1817 and 1818. Like most slaves, he had no clue when his birthday was, and until he was free, no clue of how old he was. His mother was Harriet Bailey, who was separated from him at a young age, and his father was most likely his owner, Captain Anthony. At age seven Douglass was brought to Maryland to be owned by Hugh Aiud, who was the son in law of Captain Anthony. Aiud's wife was kind to Douglass and began teaching him to read, before Aiud quickly stopped it. Regardless, through Douglass's brilliance he taught himself to read with help from other white children in Baltimore. Douglass escaped to the North and away from the evils of slavery. But Douglass was found and returned to Aiud, as Captain Anthony had died. Aiud was harsher this time, and decided that Douglass was unmanageable and rented him to Edward Covey, who was known for being incredibly abusive to his slaves. Covey beat Douglass so much that he lost his spirit, and contemplated suicide. Douglass became hard and forgot about reading and freedom, and only focused on fighting back. Douglass fought Covey and nearly killed him. Covey never beat Douglass again. Douglass's yearly rent was over, and he was rented to William Freeland, who was milder and didn't beat Douglass as often, but Douglass still required freedom. He planned to escape with 3 other slaves, but they were caught and sent to jail. Aiud sent Douglass back to Baltimore, to build ships. Douglass saved up money over years and years of labor and abuse, and eventually made his escape to New York, then changed his name from Frederick Bailey to Frederick Douglass to prevent recapture.