Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Born: February 14, 1817

Died: February 20, 1895

Nationality: American

Occupation: Author, abolitionist, editor, diplomat

Biography: 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.

Source/Notes: Frederick Douglass on Slavery and the Civil War: Selections from His Writings (2003 edition), Courier Dover Publications - ISBN: 9780486431710
Source/Notes: The Essential Frederick Douglass (2008 edition), Wilder Publications - ISBN: 9781604592528
Source/Notes: The Essential Frederick Douglass (2008 edition), Wilder Publications - ISBN: 9781604592528

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Source/Notes: Frederic May Holland, Frederick Douglass: The Colored Orator, Haskell House Publishers, New York, 1969, p. 212
Source/Notes: Speech at the American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society annual meeting, New York City (May 1853)

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Source/Notes: Speech on the twenty-first anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. (April 1883)
Source/Notes: Speech at the Convention of Colored Men, Louisville, Kentucky (1883-09-24)