Fredrick Douglass

Civil Rights Monument

His affect on the Civil Rights Movement

He was a black man that was able to read as we know most of them couldn't read, He gave a speech at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society's Annual Convention in Nantucket. It was reported that ,"Flinty hearts were pierced, and cold ones melted by his eloquence." Douglass became a lecturer for the society for three years and hes career as a speaker was launched. Also during the Civil war he spoke with Abraham Lincoln and helped the Union Army recruit Northern blacks to fight in the conflict with him.


Fredrick Douglass was one of the few men present at the pioneer women's rights convention held at Seneca Falls, New York, in July 1848. His support of women's rights never wavered although in 1869 he publicly disagreed with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony who called for women's suffrage simultaneously with voting rights for black men, arguing that prejudice and violence against black man made their need for the franchise more pressing. Nonetheless, Douglass remained a constant champion of the right of women to vote. In April 1888, in a speech before the international council of women, in Washington, D.C., Douglass recalls his role at the Seneca Falls convention although he insists that women rather than men should be the primary spokespersons for the movement.


Well without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable, small but for foreseeing Equal Rights Party ticket.


In his appendix to his autobiography, Narrative of The Life Of An American Slave, published in 1845, Douglass clarified that he was not apposed to all religion, but only the Christianity of a slave holding America:" I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corruption".


The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library In Washington, D.C., one of our most stately buildings is undergoing an extensive renovation. The Free Public Library, Northeast Branch is probably the library closest to Capitol Hill. And this red brick structure, with its stylish quoined corners, promises when it reopens to bring even more opportunities for study and reflection to this thriving community.