Frederick Douglass

civil rights activist (February 1818- February 20, 1895)

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey

Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, though more commonly known as Frederick Douglass is one of the greatest civil rights activist and abolitionist of his time. He fought for freedom and escaped for his rights.

Life As A Slave

Frederick grew up into slavery, his parents slaves in Talbot County, Maryland. His life was hard. He was separated from his mother, and had his grandmother until she passed away. Slavery took its toll on Douglass until he finally decided to flee north for freedom.


Douglass ran away several times unsuccessfully, before he finally landed in the industrialist North. He as a free man began a paper known as the North Star. In this paper he wrote the truth of slavery and all the harsh truths that the dark south had. The North may have known of slavery but they were not used, nor accustomed to the savagery that was the true meaning of slavery.

Frederick Douglass In A Nutshell

Frederick Douglass was born a slave in the south and escaped to his freedom. Although slaves were not allowed to be educated, Douglass taught himself how to read and write. Later in his life, he wrote an autobiography called, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” in 1845. It became popular and many were astounded by how a Black man could produce such literature. He was also one of the leaders in the fight for emancipation and led movements against slavery. During the Civil War, he helped the Union by recruiting black soldiers for the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. His influence during this time had created more effort towards the abolition of slavery.


If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.