(Born Frederick AugustusWashington Bailey, February 1818-February 20,1895). Was anAmerican social reformer, orator,writer and statesman. Frederick Douglass
After escaping from slavery, hebecame a Leader of the AbolitionistMovement, gaining note for hisdazzling Oratory and IncisiveAntislavery Writing. Many northernersalso that such a great orator had been aslave. Frederick Douglass
Douglass wrote several autobiographies, eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography, narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became influential in its support for abolition. Frederick Douglass
Douglass remained active in the unitedstates’ struggle to reach its potential as a landof the free” Douglass actively supportedwomen’s suffrage. Without his approval, hebecame the first African-Americannominated for vice president of the unitedstates as the running mate of VictoriaWoodhull on the impracticable and smallequal rights party ticket.Frederick Douglass
Douglass held multiple public offices. Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Narrative American, or recent immigrant, famously quoted as saying, “ I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.
Douglass’ friends and mentors feared that the publicity would draw the attention of his ex- owner, Hugh Auld, who might try to get his “property” black. They encouraged Douglass to tour Ireland, as many former slaves had done. In 1848, Douglass was the only African- American to attend the first women’s right convention. Douglass stood and spoke eloquently in favor, He said that he could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not also claim that right. Frederick Douglass
Douglass Quickly became a respected member of the community in New Bedford. However, he was disappointed to find that racism was prevalent in the North as well as in the South. Throughout his life, he would travel all over the united states on speaking engagements, becoming a famous and sought after orator. “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.” - Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
Douglass continued to lecture widely and became sympathetic to other reformist causes of the day, including the temperance, peace, and feminist movements. By the 1850s and 1860s, he increasingly came to doubt that slavery could be ended by peaceful means. He became friends with the militant abolitionist john brown, in his ill- fated 1859 militant campaign slavery at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Frederick Douglass