Fredrick Douglass

Zack Willis

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Fredric Douglass Quotes

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."

"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake."

My Quote

"Fredrick Douglass started out as a slave to become one of the most important African Americans alive."
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Question 1

How did Fredrick Douglass escape slavery?

Douglass disguised himself as a sailor wearing a red shirt, a tarpaulin hat, and a black scarf tied loosely around his neck. He also had to be able to talk like a sailor.

Question 2

How long did Fredrick Douglass live?

Fredrick Douglass lived 77 years.

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Fun Fact

As a strong supporter of the woman’s rights movement, Douglass attended the famous Seneca Falls conference in 1848.


Frederick Douglass accomplished a number of things including teaching about anti-slavery while touring Europe, teaching about the rights of women everywhere in the United States and convincing President Abraham Lincoln to recruit African-Americans to be part of the military during the Civil War.

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More Quotes

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

The soul that is within me no man can degrade.

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.

A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.

The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.