Frederick Douglass

1817 - 1895

Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He was born into slavery, and he developed a hatred of slavery during this time that would last throughout his life. In 1838, he escaped and fled to Massachusetts. Soon after his escape, he married Anna Murray.

Douglass began to be known as an eloquent anti-slavery speaker. His speeches for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society cemented Douglass' role as an abolitionist. Douglass also worked for the Underground Railroad.

In 1847, he founded the abolitionist newspaper The North Star. In 1860, Douglass campaigned for Abraham Lincoln. Douglass helped recruit two regiments of black soldiers once the War for Southern Independence began.

After the war, Douglass fought for passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution.

Douglass' seminal literary work is the story of his life, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass(1882). Douglass will forever be known as an important voice for freedom and against the evil of slavery.

Frederick Douglass died in Washington, D.C. in 1895.