Fredrick Douglass

By: Labrisa M., Jon-marc S., Maya K.

About Fredrick Douglass

  • Civil Rights activist
  • Born- February, 1818
  • Died- February 20, 1895
  • Place of Birth- Tuckahoe, Maryland
  • Place of Death- Washington, DC
  • Former slave
  • Eminent human rights leader in the abolition movement
  • The first black citizen to hold a high U.S government rank
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Random Facts

  • President Lincoln and Union Leaders were hesitant about enlisting black troops. By 1860, Douglass was well known for his public speaking and efforts to end slavery. Douglass became a consultant to president Lincoln and helped convince him that slaves should fight in the war.
  • Books written: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, My Bandage and My Freedom, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: A Will To Be Free, The Heroic Slave
  • After his autobiography was published, he went on a 2-year tour of Great Britain and Ireland to avoid recapture by his former owner.
  • Supported the early women rights movement.
  • People called him the master of irony because of his 4th of July speech saying "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn."
  • He viewed the Union victory as an apocalyptic rebirth of America.
  • Douglass became a symbol of his age and a unique voice for humanism and social justice.