Frederick Douglass Quotes (76 quotes)
A Will to Be Free (an African American Heritage Book) (2008 edition), Wilder Publications - ISBN: 9781604592238
“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”
Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings (2003 edition), Courier Dover Publications - ISBN: 9780486431710
Speech at the Emancipation League, Boston (1862-02-12)
“The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.”
Speech on the twenty-third anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1885)
“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.”
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? (1852)
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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.