Frederick Douglass

February 1818 - February 20, 1895

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Life Biography

Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818, in Maryland. He was born as a slave but escaped at age 20. Douglass then became a world-renowned anti-slavery activist. Frederick died on February 20, 1895.

Contributions

As an abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was the most important black American leader of the 19th century. For as long as sixteen years, he altered an influential newspaper. Frederick saw the Civil War as a moral crusade against slavery. Douglass wanted to achieve his goals to end slavery and protect black Americans. He published The North Star to proclaim his intelligence on black lives and to free slaves. Douglass inspired everyone around him, he was a true leader. He achieved a lot during his time to get where he needed.

Quotes

  • "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.
  • "If there is a no struggle, there is no progress."
  • "The soul that is within me no man can degrade."