19th century American abolitionist, known for his autobiography as a slave


Frederick Douglass - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Frederick Douglass (February 14, 1818 - February 20, 1895) was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman and reformer. Called "The Sage of Anacostia" and "The Lion of Anacostia," Douglass was among the most prominent African Americans of his time, and one of the most influential lecturers and authors in American history. ..."


14 Feb 1818, in Talbot County, Maryland


20 Feb 1895, in Washington, D.C.


Frederick Douglass - Hero of the Day, by Brett Hoffstadt and Saulius Muliolis, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
The Trouble With Thomas Jefferson: The eloquent Founder's original sin, by Damon Root, Reason, Jan 2009
Review of the book The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed
"... consider two very different figures whose lives intersected with slavery in the 19th century: the abolitionist Frederick Douglass and the pro-slavery politician John C. Calhoun. An escaped slave and self-taught author and orator, Douglass understood better than most just how potent the Declaration's promise of inalienable rights could be. 'Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? That he is the rightful owner of his own body?' Douglass would demand of his mostly white audiences. 'There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.'"
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