Frederick Douglass

By Stu Vent

Frederick Douglass Early Life

Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahow, Maryland. He was born in to Slavery in Holes County, Maryland. His full name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, but later changes it to Douglass. When he was 8 years old he was sent to Baltimore to live with Hugh Auld. He tried to learn the alphabet but his owner Hugh decided to send him to a slave breaker to try to make him realize that he's a slave.

Adult Life

When Douglass was 18 he had tried to escape slavery but his plans to escape had crossed his owner and had never happened. Two years later Frederick escapes slavery and moves North to marry Anna Murray. After he escapes he was a full on Anti Slavery Activist. He attended Anti Slavery convention and even wrote a book on how to escape being re captured by other slave owners. When he is 38 he becomes a free black man being bought off of Hugh Auld by the British. Douglass even helped with escaping three slaves to the North by the Underground Railroad. The surprising thing is that the three slaves turned into one hundred or so slaves.

Older Life

His last 18 years were lived on Cedar Hill in Anacostia, D.C. He wrote an autobiography telling how he escaped slavery and who the key people were in his escape. His wife died in 1882 and later he married his white secretary Helen Pitts who was twenty years younger than Douglass. After their marriage they traveled Europe until Frederick's death eleven years after.

My Reaction

I think that Frederick Douglass was one of the most impactful people in our countries History. He helped make America the free even more free than it was when it got the name. He was inspiring to the black population and helped some of them escape the back breaking labor. Even after he was free he fought for the blacks in the middle of slavery from before he was free all the way up until his death.