Douglass described her as a kind and tender-hearted woman, who treated him "as she supposed one human being ought to treat another".
Visit Website After he was separated from his mother as an infant, Douglass lived for a time with his maternal grandmother.
However, at the age of six, he was moved away from her to live and work on the Wye House plantation in Maryland. From there, he taught himself to read and write.
By the time he was hired out to work under William Freeland, he was teaching other slaves to read, using the Bible.
As word spread of his efforts to educate fellow slaves, Thomas Auld took him back and transferred him to Edward Covey, a farmer who was known for his brutal treatment of the slaves in his charge. Roughly 16 at this time, Douglass was regularly whipped by Covey. From there he traveled through Delawareanother slave state, before arriving in New York and the safe house of abolitionist David Ruggles.
Once settled in New York, he sent for Anna Murray, a free black woman from Baltimore he met while in captivity with the Aulds. She joined him, and the two were married in September They would have five children together.
During these meetings, he was exposed to the writings of abolitionist and journalist William Lloyd Garrison. The two men eventually met when both were asked to speak at an abolitionist meeting, during which Douglass shared his story of slavery and escape.
It was Garrison who encouraged Douglass to become a speaker and leader in the abolitionist movement.
Douglass was physically assaulted several times during the tour by those opposed to the abolitionist movement. The injuries never fully healed, and he never regained full use of his hand. In it, he wrote: At the time, the former country was just entering the early stages of the Irish Potato Famineor the Great Hunger.
While overseas, he was impressed by the relative freedom he had as a man of color, compared to what he had experienced in the United States. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
Although he supported President Abraham Lincoln in the early years of the Civil War, Douglass would fall into disagreement with the politician after the Emancipation Proclamation ofwhich effectively ended the practice of slavery. Constitution which, respectively, outlawed slavery, granted free slaves citizenship and equal protection under the law, and protected all citizens from racial discrimination in votingDouglass was asked to speak at the dedication of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.
In the post-war Reconstruction era, Douglass served in many official positions in government, including as an ambassador to the Dominican Republic, thereby becoming the first black man to hold high office. In the presidential election, he supported the candidacy of former Union general Ulysses S.
Grantwho promised to take a hard line against white supremacist-led insurgencies in the post-war South. Grant notably also oversaw passage of the Civil Rights Act ofwhich was designed to suppress the growing Ku Klux Klan movement.
Ultimately, though, Benjamin Harrison received the party nomination. Douglass remained an active speaker, writer, and activist until his death in Frederick Douglass--Abolitionist Leader In addition to publishing The North Star, Douglass lectured on the subject of freedom.
Even though he had made a name for himself and was a successful leader in the abolitionist movement, he was still subject to laws keeping blacks separate from whites. Frederick Douglass--Abolitionist Leader In addition to publishing The North Star, Douglass lectured on the subject of freedom.
Even though he had made a name for himself and was a successful leader in the abolitionist movement, he was still subject to laws keeping blacks separate from whites. Overview. One of abolitionist Frederick Douglass' most famous quotes is "If there is no struggle there is no progress." Throughout his life--first as an enslaved African-American and later as an abolitionist and civil rights activist, Douglass worked to end inequality for African-Americans and women.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period.
Frederick Douglass stood at the podium, trembling with nervousness. Before him sat abolitionists who had travelled to the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is an memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave Frederick Douglass during his time in Lynn, Massachusetts.
It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by .