Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass


Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, around 1818. The exact year and date of Douglass' birth are unknown, though later in life he chose to celebrate it on February 14. Douglass lived with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey. At a young age, Douglass was selected in live in the home of the plantation owners, one of whom may have been his father. His mother, an intermittent presence in his life, died when he was around 10.Frederick Douglass was given to Lucretia Auld, the wife of Thomas Auld, following the death of his master. Lucretia sent Frederick to serve her brother-in-law, Hugh Auld, at his Baltimore home. It was at the Auld home that Frederick Douglass first acquired the skills that would vault him to national celebrity. Defying a ban on teaching slaves to read and write, Hugh Auld’s wife Sophia taught Douglass the alphabet when he was around 12. When Hugh Auld forbade his wife’s lessons, Douglass continued to learn from white children and others in the neighborhood.It was through reading that Douglass’ ideological opposition to slavery began to take shape. He read newspapers avidly, and sought out political writing and literature as much as possible. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Orator with clarifying and defining his views on human rights. Douglass shared his newfound knowledge with other enslaved people. Hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Interest was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. Although Freeland did not interfere with the lessons, other local slave owners were less understanding. Armed with clubs and stones, they dispersed the congregation permanently.In 1833, Thomas Auld took Douglass back from his son Hugh following a dispute. Thomas Auld sent Douglass to work for Edward Covey, who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker.” Covey’s constant abuse did nearly break the 16-year-old Douglass psychologically. Eventually, however, Douglass fought back, in a scene rendered powerfully in his first autobiography. After losing a physical confrontation with Douglass, Covey never beat him again.


1818 - Was born1822 - sent to live with Hugh and Sophia Auld1829 - Lucretia Auld teaches him how to read1835 - Escapes from Mr. Covey, but is betrayed1838 - Escapes to New York and marries Anna Murray1839 - First hears abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips. 1845 - Writes the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.1895 - Dies on Feb. 20

Was taught to read and taught himself how to writeAbolitionistTravelled to EuropePublished different autobiographiesFounded "The North Star", an abolitionist newspaper.

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From the movie "Race to Freedom" (The Underground Railroad)- ...but I hold it as a self-evident truth, that no legislation can alienate man's right to his own body, and that every slave is fully justified for running away of bondage, and to never ever return.



Born: Maryland, Feb. 1818Died: Washingtong, Feb, 1895

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