Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
By: Madeline Beaulne and Amanda Hoppie
Frederick Douglas a former slave turned abolitionist, who spoke and wrote about the evils of slavery, as well as other issues of inequality, such as women’s rights.
- He was internationally recognized as an uncompromising abolitionist, indefatigable worker for justice and equal opportunity, and an unyielding defender of women's rights
- Douglass taught other slaves, specifically he taught them to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Many slave owners did not approve, and used clubs and stones to stop them.
- By the time of the war, Douglass was one of the most famous Black men.
- In 1863 he talked with Abraham Lincoln regarding the treatment of black soldiers and with Andrew Jackson regarding black suffrage.
- Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation was put into effect on January 1, 1864 freeing all slaves in the confederate territory.
- After the war he fought for women’s suffrage.
- Despite apprehensions that the information might endanger his freedom, Douglass published his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written By Himself. The year was 1845.
- Believe in yourself.
- Take advantage of every opportunity.
- Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.
Not only did he fight against slavery but other issues of inequality, like women’s rights.