Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

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Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey,c. February 1818– February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

After escaping from slaveryin Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement from Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.  

Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.

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