Golden Recursion Inc. logoGolden Recursion Inc. logo
Advanced Search
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1817 or 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counterexample to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Likewise, Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.

Douglass wrote three autobiographies, describing his experiences as a slave in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845), which became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855). Following the Civil War, Douglass was active campaigner for the rights of freed slaves and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, the book covers events both during and after the Civil War. Douglass also actively supported women's suffrage, and held several public offices. Without his permission, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

Douglass believed in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, as well as in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto "No Union with Slaveholders", criticized Douglass's willingness to engage in dialogue with slave owners, he replied: "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."

Timeline

February 14, 1818
Frederick Douglass was born in Talbot County.

Patents

Further Resources

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Frederick Douglass - Journalist & Civil Rights Activist | Mini Bio | BIO

Web

January 26, 2010

Frederick Douglass: Crash Course Black American History #17

Web

September 10, 2021

Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches | HBO

Web

February 16, 2022

News

Search on Google News
Search on Bing News
Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Gustavo Arellano
July 4, 2021
Los Angeles Times
The Times interviewed 10 Southern Californians about what the Fourth of July means to them, in the wake of the hell year that was 2020.
June 11, 2021
NDTV.com
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave US President Joe Biden a framed photograph of a British mural depicting Black 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the British leader's office said on Thursday.
Nneya Richards
January 29, 2021
Business Insider
Learn about the contributions of Black Americans at these destinations across the US. From museums to Black-owned hotels, here's where to go and stay.
Ashley Carman
January 25, 2021
The Verge
Spotify is expanding its experiments with audiobooks with the release of nine new recordings hosted by big names like David Dobrik and Hilary Swank.
Linette Lopez
January 20, 2021
Business Insider
Frederick Douglass dreamed of a multiracial America, one that would overcome its history and unite under a love of democracy. Today we got it right.
SHOW MORE
Golden logo
By using this site, you agree to our Terms & Conditions.