Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass
Born Frederick Agustus Washington Bailey
(1818-02-14)February 14, 1818
Talbot County, Maryland
Died February 20, 1895(1895-02-20) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C.
Cause of death heart attack or stroke
Other names Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hellen Pitt
Children 5

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.

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]

References[change | change source]

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