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Frederick Douglass

American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African-American in the 19th century. He was born as a slave in Maryland, but learned to read and escaped to the North in the 1830s.

Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass
Born
Frederick Agustus Washington Bailey

(1818-02-14)February 14, 1818
Talbot County, Maryland
DiedFebruary 20, 1895(1895-02-20) (aged 77)
Cause of deathheart attack or stroke
Other namesFrederick Augustus Washington Bailey
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Hellen Pitt
Children5

He soon became an abolitionist (someone who wants to end slavery), and worked with other abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison. He was the most powerful speaker for abolitionism. Frederick also published his own newspaper "North Star". He wrote two books, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and My Bondage and My Freedom. Douglass spent several years in England and Ireland. During the Civil War, Douglass was the most famous black man in the country, and met Abraham Lincoln. After the War, he served as Ambassador to Haiti and an advocate for equal rights for African-Americans.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Finkenbine, Roy E. (2000). "Douglass, Frederick"; American National Biography Online. Access Date: 12 September, 2016