Frederick Douglass

By Taylor Shelley

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress ” -Frederick Douglass once said. There are many other inspiring quotes from abolitionist Frederick Douglass. He did many important things during his life that helped to abolish slavery. Frederick Douglass was a very dedicated abolitionist. Let me tell you a little more about him.

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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, in February, 1818, in Talbot County, Maryland. "He was originally named Frederick Washington bailey, but later changed his name to Frederick Douglass. His mother was black, but his father was white, which used to happen a lot" The owners were so cruel, he once crawled into a potato sack to keep warm. "At the age of twelve, his master's wife taught him how to read." Eventually, Frederick decided to escape his horrible life as a slave. "To escape, he disguised himself as sailor and climbed aboard a boat headed northward.
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Now let's find out about what Frederick Douglass did about the issue of slavery. Frederick learned about abolitionist. Frederick learned about abolitionism ate a young age, by reading books by abolitionists. Frederick also believed in women's rights. Sometimes "He would speak against slavery at meetings. He would also tell his life story." His actions were significant to the Civil War because he had firsthand experience as a slave. When he spoke, people listened! He told people what being a slave felt like. His life story inspired other abolitionists. Frederick Douglass published his first autobiography in 1845. It soon became a bestseller. "In the same year that his autobiography was published, he also started a newspaper called the 'New Star'." He later subscribed to 'The Liberator', a paper created by abolitionist William Loyd Garrison.
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When Douglass was not helping end slavery he had a full life! In 1843 he married Anna Murray, and five kids. Anna died, so Fred married Helen Pitts. A fun fact: "John Brown tried to convince him to join in the Raid on Harper's Ferry, but Fred thought it was a bad idea." His life story had a sad ending, when he died on February 20, 1895, in Washington, D.C. from either heart attack or stroke.

Here is one last quote: “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” We are very grateful to Frederick Douglass for all his efforts in the civil rights movement. Without him, we may still have slavery in the U.S. He was a very devoted man, as were many other abolitionists. I hope that I have taught you something about this hard working man.
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