Douglass Remembered as World-Known Leader

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Valeria Garcia Alcala, Reporter

Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818 and was known for being a American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

Douglass was born into slavery with the name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey and was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland as stated on PBS’s website. He had a very difficult relationship with his family since his mother lived on a different plantation and died when he was very young. He never found out who his father was. “When he turned eight years old, his slave owner hired him out to work as a body servant in Baltimore,” PBS reports.

One of Douglass’s biggest accomplishments was the newspaper he made called the North Star, which was established on December 3, 1847, in Rochester NY and is one of the most influential Black antislavery papers as stated by PBS.org. He made it to bring awareness to many things with the biggest being denouncing slavery, but he also wanted to fight for the emancipation of women and oppressed groups.

Douglass was an escaped slave who would later become a prominent activist, author and public speaker according to History.com. Douglass spent most of his life fighting for human rights and equality for all.

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“He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War,” History.com said. “After that conflict and the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, he continued to push for equality and human rights until his death in 1895.”

Throughout Douglass’s entire life, he only ever made three major speeches, which include “The Church and Prejudice,” “Fighting Rebels with Only One Hand.” and “What the Black Man Wants,” FrederickDouglass.org states.

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them,” Frederick Douglass said, “neither persons nor property will be safe.”