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Timeline of the Life of Frederick Douglass

“Intelligence is a great leveler here as elsewhere”  c. 1818 Frederick Douglass, neé Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, was born in in Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland. His mother was Harriet Bailey, a slave, his father was a white man believed to be his master Aaron Anthony. He was separated from his mother as an infant. 1819-1825 […] more

Legacy and Significance of Frederick Douglass

Words were the medium of his life Frederick Douglass’ most important legacy was the use of his words to fight for the freedom and rights of African Americans. He used his oratory and writing skills throughout his life to communicate his desire to free African American slaves which led to the  brought by President Abraham […] more

Abolitionist Activities

Anti-Slavery convention in Nantucket   The summer of 1841 was a turning point in Douglass’ career. Frederick was invited by William Coffin, the general agent for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society, to speak at a convention in Nantucket organized by leading abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Garrison was the founder of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society and editor […] more

Frederick Douglass and the abolitionist movement

Frederick Douglass was introduced to the abolitionist movement in 1841 when William Coffin invited him to share his story in a convention organized by the Massachusetts Antislavery Society (MAS). William Garrison, impressed by his oratory, hired him as an agent of the MAS. This was a turning point in Douglass’ life and the beginning of […] more

From Slavery to Freedom

“Give him a bad master and he aspires to a good master; give him a good master, and he wishes to become his own master” Baltimore After Douglass’ first failed attempt to escape he was sent to Baltimore to live with Hugh Auld, brother of Thomas Auld. His master never found prove that he intended […] more

Douglass’ Role in the Civil War

“A war undertaken and brazenly carried for the perpetual enslavement of the colored men, calls logically and loudly for the colored men to help suppress it.”   Growing political tensions over the spread of slavery started a decade before the beginning of the war. As a preamble to the Civil War, between 1854 and 1861, […] more