The Life of Frederick Douglas
DescriptionFrederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818- February 20, 1895) was an African-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. Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.
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Fredrick Douglass (1817-1895) was an American leader of the abolitionist movement who was born into a life of slavery. In 1838 he escaped his enslavement and settled in a free black community in Massachusetts, where he established a newspaper; Douglass subsequently became a prominent abolitionist speaker. After the publication of Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass (1845) Douglas traveled to Europe, where he attracted large crowds. British supporters bought his legal freedom, and in 1847 he returned to the United States as a free man. Douglas went on to establish many abolitionist newspapers and wrote two more autobiographical works.