Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Frederick Douglass

He was the greatest black abolitionist, who escaped from bondage in 1838 at 21 years old and went to the North. He was a gifted orator, writer, and editor.  He gave many many antislavery lectures, despite beatings and threats against his life. Also, in 1845 he published his classic autobiography titled Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which depicted his origins as the son of a black slave woman and a white father. Douglass also looked to politics for the end of slavery and backed the Liberty party in 1840, the Free Soil party in 1848, and then the Republican party in the 1850s.

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