Fight to Be Educated (04:43)
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818 and believed education was the key to success. Sophia Auld taught him the fundamentals of reading; Hugh Auld beat her for it.
Douglass Freed (03:12)
President Abraham Lincoln formally ended slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Douglass escaped in 1838, changed his name, relocated north, and married Anna Douglass. Black women were at the mercy of white men.
Writing Career (03:21)
After writing "The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave," Douglass relocated to Canada and England because slavers wanted to capture him. Friends sent money to Maryland to purchase his Deed of Manumission. Douglass spoke favoring women's rights.
Publishing Career and the Civil War (03:17)
After returning to New York, Douglass published the "North Star" a newspaper. The abolitionist successfully argued to Lincoln that freeing the slaves would militarily cripple the south and that Black men should be able to enlist in the Union Army.
The government appointed Douglass to a number of posts including Recorder of Deeds, Marshall, and as an ambassador. Slave owners offered former slaves food, housing, and promised better treatment in exchange for labor. The majority of African Americans suffered from the residual effects of slavery and racism.
The Frederick Douglass Organization (04:12)
Frederick Douglass IV and his wife traveled the country empowering the Black race to thrive through reading, writing, and public speaking. Douglass gave a July 4th speech that moved Brown.
Credits: Remembering His Legacy (00:22)
Credits: Remembering His Legacy
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