Fredrick Douglass: A Brief Biography

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Fredrick Douglass Fredrick Douglass was born in a slave cabin, in February of 1818, near the town of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He was raised by his grandparents after being separated from his mother a few weeks after he was born. His grandmother then took him to a plantation at about the age six and left him there. Douglass never got over the abandonment of his grandmother. He then was transported to Baltimore at age eight to live as a houseboy. While he was there his new mistress taught him the alphabet. Eventually her husband found out and forbade her to continue her instruction, because it was unlawful to teach slaves how to read and write. He then began teaching himself to learn. He made the neighborhood boys his teacher,…show more content…
Douglass was a tall, wonderfully handsome man who radiated willpower and exasperation. He was known to tell white audiences that slavery “brands your republicanism as a sham, your humanity as a base pretense, your Christianity as a lie.” When he was able to attend he would go to an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, Douglass became a lecturer for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and a colleague of William Lloyd Garrison. This work ushered him into public speaking and writing. He published his own newspaper called The North Star, participated in the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848, and wrote three autobiographies. One of the books he published was called Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass it was known as the most gripping autobiographical accounts of a slave’s life ever written. He was universally recognized as an uncompromising abolitionist, indefatigable worker for justice and equal opportunity, and a unyielding defender of women’s right. He became a dependable mentor to Abraham Lincoln, United States Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for Washington D.C., and Minister-General to the Republic of
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