Frederic Douglass

(1818–1895)
Escaped Slave, Abolitionist Orator, and Statesman
              

“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.” Frederick Douglass promoted equality for all people, black, white, woman, tribal American, or immigrant.

Frederick Douglass knew about overcoming adversity, an escaped slave, he became the leading African American abolitionist, and statesman of his era. Douglass was an early and ardent proponent of woman rights, and was the only black to attend the Seneca Falls meeting in 1848. He was nominated for Vice President by the party that selected Victoria as its candidate for President.

Douglass was a compelling orator and trenchant antislavery writer. Once he began to speak, others had no choice but to sit back and listen. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Even many Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.

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