Frederick Douglass

Isabella Joseph

Date of birth and location

Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot, Maryland, sometime in February in1818.

Date of death

February 20, 1895

What is Frederick Douglass known for?

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, but became a well-known abolitionist, author, speaker (orator), and one of the most famous "intellectuals" of the 19th century. He paved the way for future African-Americans in the U.S., who would go on to hold positions in government because he was the first African-American citizen to hold a high ranking position in the U.S. government. During the Civil War, he was able to discuss the role of African-American soldiers with Abraham Lincoln and later, he discussed black suffrage with Andrew Jackson. He was instrumental in leading the cause of black suffrage and his hard work paid off, because on January 1st, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation was a law that freed all slaves in the Confederate states. His life experiences continue to live on through his famous autobiographies and books so that all generations can learn and understand the real history during of Frederick Douglass' time period.

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Three struggles that Fredreick Douglass faced during his lifetime

  1. He was a slave and grew up without freedom to make his own decisions.
  2. He made several attempts of escaping slavery before freedom became a reality.
  3. Frederick Douglass constantly faced discrimination even after he found freedom from slavery, as the Civil War and Reconstruction were ongoing.

Three adjectives that would best describe Frederick douglass

  1. Courageous
  2. Intelligent
  3. Determined

How did Frederick Douglass's life impact the world in one sentence?

Frederick Douglass's talent, knowledge, and life experiences impacted the people of his time because he changed the course of many of their lives by opening their eyes to current issues, their constant struggles and a way to life without slavery.

One interesting fact about Fredrick Douglass

He was the first African-American citizen to be nominated as Vice President at the Equal Rights Party convention of 1872.

Websites used for research

  2. Encyclopedia of the World
  3. Fredrick Douglass Heritage