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Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War. After that conflict and the Emancipation Proclamation ofhe continued to push for equality and human rights until his death in

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While participating in an lecture tour through the Midwest, Douglass was chased and beaten by an angry mob before being rescued by a local Quaker family. Subscribe to the Biography newsletter to receive stories about the people who shaped our world and the stories that shaped their lives. Following the publication of his first autobiography inDouglass traveled overseas to evade recapture.

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Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery sometime around in Talbot County, Maryland. Inthe famed writer and orator returned to the United States a free man. As was often the case with slaves, the exact year and date of Douglass' birth are unknown, though later in life he chose to celebrate it on February Douglass initially lived with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey.

Douglass became the first African American nominated for vice president of the United States as Victoria Woodhull 's running mate on the Equal Rights Party ticket in Nominated without his knowledge or consent, Douglass never campaigned. Murray had provided him with some of her savings and a sailor's uniform.

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Lucy Stone was a leading activist and pioneer of the abolitionist and women's rights movements. Douglass, however, stood and spoke eloquently in favor, arguing that he could not accept the right to vote as a Black man if women could not also claim that right. He also subscribed to Garrison's The Liberator. Charles and Rosetta assisted their father in the production of his newspaper The North Star. He set sail for Liverpool on August 16,and eventually arrived in Ireland as the Potato Famine was beginning.

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Although the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass garnered Douglass many fans, some critics expressed doubt that a former enslaved person with no formal education could have produced such elegant prose. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Orator with clarifying and defining his views on human rights. Douglass shared his newfound knowledge with other enslaved people.

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Nonetheless, his nomination marked the first time that an African American appeared on a presidential ballot. He read newspapers avidly and sought out political writing and literature as much as possible. Anna remained a loyal supporter of Douglass' public work, despite marital strife caused by his relationships with several other women. Hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service.

Douglass married Anna Murray, a free Black woman, on September 15, Douglass had fallen in love with Murray, who assisted him in his final attempt to escape slavery in Baltimore. Douglass had met with Auld's daughter, Amanda Auld Sears, years before.

Douglass tried to escape from slavery twice before he finally succeeded.

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Despite this victory, Douglass supported John C. Slavery everywhere in the United States was subsequently outlawed by the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U. Douglass was appointed to several political positions following the war. Douglass published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime, revising and expanding on his work each time.

By the time of the Civil WarDouglass was one of the most famous Black men in the country. Elizabeth Cady Stanton asked the assembly to pass a resolution stating the goal of women's suffrage.

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In New Bedford, Massachusetts, Douglass ed a Black church and regularly attended abolitionist meetings. He used his status to influence the role of African Americans in the war and their status in the country. Abolitionist Martin Robison Delany was both a physician and newspaper editor and became one of the most influential and successful anti-slavery activists of the 19th century. President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamationwhich took effect on January 1,declared the freedom of enslaved people in Confederate territory. One of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement in the s, John Lewis continued to fight for people's rights since ing Congress in Susan B.

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When Auld forbade his wife to offer more lessons, Douglass continued to learn from white children and others in the neighborhood. Douglass made his way to the safe house of abolitionist David Ruggles in New York in less than 24 hours. Douglass died on February 20,of a massive heart attack or stroke shortly after returning from a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.

We strive for accuracy and fairness. At a young age, Douglass was selected to live in the home of the plantation owners, one of whom may have been his father. Armed with clubs and stones, they dispersed the congregation permanently.

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Eventually, however, Douglass fought back, in a scene rendered powerfully in his first autobiography. Frederick Jones was an inventor best known for the development of refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II. Abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth is best known for her speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman? With Douglass moving between the Aulds, he was later made to work for Edward Covey, who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker.

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. There they adopted Douglass as their married name. The visit held personal ificance for Douglass, although some criticized him for the reconciliation. My Bondage and My Freedom appeared in Inhe was the only African American to attend the Seneca Falls convention on women's rights.

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Several days after the story ran, Douglass delivered his first speech at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society's annual convention in Nantucket. John Brown was a 19th-century militant abolitionist known for his raid on Harpers Ferry in Dick Gregory was a pioneering comedian and civil rights activist who took on race with layered, nuanced humor during the turbulent s. If you see something that doesn't look right, !

She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.

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Pitts was the daughter of Gideon Pitts Jr. Their marriage caused considerable controversy, since Pitts was white and nearly 20 years younger than Douglass. InDouglass conferred with President Abraham Lincoln regarding the treatment of Black soldiers, and later with President Andrew Johnson on the subject of Black suffrage. Although Freeland did not interfere with the lessons, other local slave owners were less understanding.

He carried identification papers obtained from a free Black seaman.

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Many attendees opposed the idea. Interest was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. He remained in Ireland and Britain for two years, speaking to large crowds on the evils of slavery. At the urging of Garrison, Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slavein The book was a bestseller in the United States and was translated into several European languages.

Crowds were not always hospitable to Douglass. After settling as a free man with his wife Anna in New Bedford inDouglass was eventually asked to tell his story at abolitionist meetings, and he became a regular anti-slavery lecturer. The resolution passed. After losing a physical confrontation with Douglass, Covey never beat him again.

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After two years, he reed from his ambassadorship over objections to the particulars of U. He was later appointed minister-resident and consul-general to the Republic of Haiti, a post he held between and InDouglass visited one of his former owners, Thomas Auld. Anna and Frederick then settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which had a thriving free Black community.

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