Frederick Douglass

By Eliza Nieset


"Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey" was born, to a slave women, in Maryland in the year 1818. When Frederick escaped slavery, when he was 20 years old, he changed his name to Frederick Douglass. Frederick worked as an abolitionist, an orator, and a womens rights activist for all his life. He was also the U.S. minister and consul general to Haiti. His oratory skills gave slaves hope and persuaded others to join the abolitionist movement. He was the speaker for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Frederick Douglass was in favor of the American Civil War. He helped recruit black troops for the Union's army. He also contributed in convincing President Lincoln to let slaves fight for the Union in the American Civil War. Frederick wrote three autobiographies. His most popular autobiography was "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave."Frederick had five kids, all with his first wife, Anna Hurray. Frederick Douglass died of heart failure in 1895.

Key Points

  • Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave.
  • Frederick Douglass was a strong abolitionist during the time of the American Civil War.
  • Frederick Douglass believed that all people were created equal no matter their race or gender they were.
Frederick Douglass - Mini Bio


Frederick Douglass helped recruited black soldiers for the 54th Mass. The 54th Mass was a regiment of all black soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. Two of the soldiers Frederick Douglass recruted for the 54th Mass were sons Lewis and Charles.