Frederick Douglass Quotes (76 quotes)
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1886)
Earliest reference found in: "Young Children, Volume 53" (1964), p. 375. Probably apocryphal.
“Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”
The Frederick Douglass papers: series one, speeches, debates, and interviews (1855 edition)
“I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ; I therefore hate the corrupt, slave-holding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of this land.”
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845)
West India Emancipation (1857). Sometimes misquoted as "Without a struggle, there can be no progress."
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFrederick Douglass
Born: February 14, 1817
Died: February 20, 1895 (aged 78)
Occupation: Author, abolitionist, editor, diplomat
Bio: Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
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