Frederick Douglass

Civil Rights Activist, Govt. Official, Journalist, Orator

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Leader of African American Racial Discrimination

Fredrick Douglass was a lantern of hope, in the darkness of fear and despair. His powerful and moving speeches, articles, stories, and books of the 19th century; inspired many African Americans to speak out about the injustice. He lead the way for many African Americans and even helped kick-start the Womens movement.
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The Man

Born in February in 1818; Talbot County, Maryland. His father is suspected to be his original slave owner, and Harriet Bailey (his mother) died when Fredrick was ten. Fredrick was raised by Betty Bailey (his grandmother), but was separated when the slave owner moved Fredrick into their residence when he was seven. Fredrick received minimal from a white woman slave owner, he later used his newly gained knowledge to teach others to read. This illegal action stirred up trouble/violence between Fredrick and his slave owner, Fredrick didn't give up and escaped to the North. Fredrick married Anna Murray-Douglass but died unexpectedly of a stroke, they had five children: Rosetta, Lewis, Charles, Fredrick Jr. and Annie. Fredrick later remarried to Helen Pitts a twenty years younger, white woman; this created controversy on the white/black communities.
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A Talented Writer, A Voice in Many Ways.

Frederick wrote an autobiography in 1845 called Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave; after writing autobiography, he moved to England for two year to avoid slave catchers due to his vulnerability because of the personal information written in the book like his Original name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. After all his success he had enough money to purchase his freedom, and he did so by the end of 1847. He also wrote 2nd piece of three in the set of autobiographies Bondage and My Freedom in 1855 and 3nd piece of three in the set of autobiographies Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892.

Statue in U.S. Capitol Dedicated to Fredrick Douglass.

The statue of Fredrick Douglass becomes part of three other African American statues, consisting of Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and now Fredrick Douglass on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. He is recognized for his leadership and efforts as a Civil Rights Activist and key abolitionist of the nineteenth-century.
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Fredrick Douglass died February 20, 1895 in Washington D.C., but Frederick Douglass's powerful stories, articles, speeches, books as a voice for the African Americans in the Civil Rights movement that really gave hope to those left in the dust, and his efforts will never be forgotten.


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By: Rashaan Yapp