Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – 20 February 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his 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.
Review of the book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed
Presentation of the book of the same title, written by Timothy Sandefur and published by the Cato Institute, featuring the author as well as Juan Williams and Jonathan Blanks
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