Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass born February 1818 till 1895 and was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement in the fight for freedom & equality for slaves which lead to Abraham Lincoln’s Emaciation proclamation.

Douglass spent two years in Ireland and Britain, where he gave many lectures in churches and chapels. His draw was such that some facilities were “crowded to suffocation”; an example was his hugely popular London Reception Speech, which Douglass delivered at Alexander Fletcher’s Finsbury Chapel in May 1846. Douglass remarked that in England he was treated not “as a colour, but as a man.

Douglass’ best-known work is his first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845. At the time, some sceptics questioned whether a black man could have produced such an eloquent piece of literature. The book received generally positive reviews and became an immediate best seller. Within three years of its publication, it had been reprinted nine times with 11,000 copies circulating in the United States; it was also translated into French and Dutch and published in Europe

In 1848 Douglass stood up to speak in favour of women’s right to vote. “In this denial of the right to participate in government, not merely the degradation of woman and the perpetuation of a great injustice happens, but the maiming and repudiation of one-half of the moral and intellectual power of the government of the world”

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Frederick Douglass

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