Posts Tagged by abolitionist activities

The Emancipation Proclamation Text

The Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 A Transcription By the President of the United States of America: A Proclamation. Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, […] 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

Fugitive Slave Law of 1850

Transcription of the Provisions of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 Section 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the persons who have been, or may hereafter be, appointed commissioners, in virtue of any act of Congress, by the Circuit Courts […] more

My Bondage and My Freedom

“Believing that one of the best means of emancipating the slaves of the south is to improve and elevate the character of the free colored people of the north, I shall labor in the future, as I have labored in the past, to promote the moral, social, religious, and intellectual elevation of the free colored […] more

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass

“No man can be truly free whose liberty is dependent upon the thought, feeling and action of others, and who has himself no means in his own hands for guarding, protecting, defending and maintaining that liberty”. Free e- book Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Written by himself Hartford, Connecticut: Park Publishing, Co. 1881. Life […] more

Frederick Douglass, A Free Man

As a slave in Baltimore, Frederick Douglass worked as a ship caulker. It was suggested to him by David Ruggles that the best place for him to settle would be New Bedford, Massachusetts as it had a flourishing ship building industry. In New Bedford they were received by Nathan Johnson and his wife. The couple […] more

“The Hypocrisy of American Slavery”

“The Hypocrisy of American Slavery” by Frederick Douglass – July 4, 1852   Fellow citizens, pardon me, and allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today? What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence? Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, […] more

“What The Black Man Wants”

“What The Black Man Wants” was a speech delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Anti Slavery Society in Boston on April 1865.  The subject of the meeting was: Equality of all men before the law. Source: The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume IV Philip S. Foner International Publishers Co., Inc., New […] more

“Fighting Rebels With Only One Hand”

“Fighting Rebels With Only One Hand” was originally published in Douglass’ Monthly, September 1861. What on earth is the matter with the American Government and people? Do they really covet the world’s ridicule as well as their own social and political ruin? What are they thinking about, or don’t they condescend to think at all? […] more

“The Church and Prejudice”

“The Church and Prejudice” was a speech delivered at the Plymouth County Anti-Slavery Society on November 4, 1841. Source: The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume I Philip S. Foner International Publishers Co., Inc., New York, 1950 At the South I was a member of the Methodist Church. When I came north, I thought […] more

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