The Info List - Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
(born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818[4] – February 20, 1895[5]) was an African-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[6] 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.[7][8] Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.[9] Douglass wrote several autobiographies. He described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom
My Bondage and My Freedom
(1855). After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. First published in 1881 and revised in 1892, three years before his death, it covered events during and after the Civil War. Douglass also actively supported women's suffrage, and held several public offices. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States
President of the United States
as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.[10] Douglass was a firm believer in the equality of all peoples, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant. He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides, and in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution. When radical abolitionists, under the motto "No Union With Slaveholders", criticized Douglass' willingness to dialogue with slave owners, he famously replied: "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong."[11] Roy Finkenbine argues:

The most influential African American of the nineteenth century, Douglass made a career of agitating the American conscience. He spoke and wrote on behalf of a variety of reform causes: women's rights, temperance, peace, land reform, free public education, and the abolition of capital punishment. But he devoted the bulk of his time, immense talent, and boundless energy to ending slavery and gaining equal rights for African Americans. These were the central concerns of his long reform career. Douglass understood that the struggle for emancipation and equality demanded forceful, persistent, and unyielding agitation. And he recognized that African Americans
African Americans
must play a conspicuous role in that struggle. Less than a month before his death, when a young black man solicited his advice to an African American just starting out in the world, Douglass replied without hesitation: "Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!"[12]


1 Life as a slave 2 From slavery to freedom 3 Abolitionist and preacher

3.1 Autobiography 3.2 Travels to Ireland and Great Britain 3.3 Return to the United States 3.4 Women's rights 3.5 Douglass refines his ideology

3.5.1 Photography

4 Religious views 5 Civil War years

5.1 Before the Civil War 5.2 Fight for emancipation and suffrage 5.3 After Lincoln's death

6 Reconstruction era 7 Family life 8 Final years in Washington, D.C. 9 Death 10 Legacy and honors 11 In arts and literature 12 Works

12.1 Writings 12.2 Speeches

13 See also 14 Notes 15 References 16 Further reading 17 External links

Life as a slave Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay
in Talbot County, Maryland. The plantation was between Hillsboro[13] and Cordova; his birthplace was likely his grandmother's cabin[a] east of Tappers Corner, (38°53′04″N 75°57′29″W / 38.8845°N 75.958°W / 38.8845; -75.958) and west of Tuckahoe Creek.[14][15] The exact date of his birth is unknown, and he later chose to celebrate his birthday on February 14.[4] In his first autobiography, Douglass stated: "I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it."[13][16] Douglass was of mixed race, which likely included Native American on his mother's side, as well as African and European.[17] He was given his name by his mother, Harriet Bailey. After escaping to the North years later, he took the surname Douglass, having already dropped his two middle names. He wrote of his earliest times with his mother:

The opinion was ... whispered that my master was my father; but of the correctness of this opinion I know nothing.... My mother and I were separated when I was but an infant.... It [was] common custom, in the part of Maryland
from which I ran away, to part children from their mothers at a very early age. ... I do not recollect ever seeing my mother by the light of day. ... She would lie down with me, and get me to sleep, but long before I waked she was gone.[18]

After this early separation from his mother, young Frederick lived with his maternal grandmother, Betty Bailey. At the age of six, he was separated from his grandmother and moved to the Wye House
Wye House
plantation, where Aaron Anthony worked as overseer.[19] Douglass's mother died when he was about ten. After Anthony died, Douglass was given to Lucretia Auld, wife of Thomas Auld, who sent him to serve Thomas' brother Hugh Auld in Baltimore.

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When Douglass was about twelve, Hugh Auld's wife Sophia started teaching him the alphabet. Douglass described her as a kind and tender-hearted woman, who treated him "as she supposed one human being ought to treat another".[20] Hugh Auld disapproved of the tutoring, feeling that literacy would encourage slaves to desire freedom; Douglass later referred to this as the "first decidedly antislavery lecture" he had ever heard.[21] Under her husband's influence, Sophia came to believe that education and slavery were incompatible and one day snatched a newspaper away from Douglass.[22] In his autobiography, Douglass related how he learned to read from white children in the neighborhood, and by observing the writings of the men with whom he worked.[23] Douglass continued, secretly, to teach himself how to read and write. He later often said, "knowledge is the pathway from slavery to freedom."[24] As Douglass began to read newspapers, pamphlets, political materials, and books of every description, this new realm of thought led him to question and condemn the institution of slavery. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Orator, an anthology that he discovered at about age twelve, with clarifying and defining his views on freedom and human rights. The book, first published in 1797, is a classroom reader, containing essays, speeches and dialogues, to assist students in learning reading and grammar. When Douglass was hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament
New Testament
at a weekly Sunday school. As word spread, the interest among slaves in learning to read was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. For about six months, their study went relatively unnoticed. While Freeland remained complacent about their activities, other plantation owners became incensed about their slaves being educated. One Sunday they burst in on the gathering, armed with clubs and stones, to disperse the congregation permanently. In 1833, Thomas Auld took Douglass back from Hugh ("[a]s a means of punishing Hugh," Douglass later wrote). Thomas Auld sent Douglass to work for Edward Covey, a poor farmer who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker". He whipped Douglass regularly, and nearly broke him psychologically. The sixteen-year-old Douglass finally rebelled against the beatings, however, and fought back. After Douglass won a physical confrontation, Covey never tried to beat him again.[25] From slavery to freedom Douglass first tried to escape from Freeland, who had hired him out from his owner Colonel Lloyd, but was unsuccessful. In 1836, he tried to escape from his new master Covey, but failed again. In 1837, Douglass met and fell in love with Anna Murray, a free black woman in Baltimore
about five years older than he. Her free status strengthened his belief in the possibility of gaining his own freedom.[26]

Anna Murray-Douglass, Douglass's wife for 44 years, portrait ca. 1860.

On September 3, 1838, Douglass successfully escaped by boarding a train from the newly merged Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (P.W.& B.) railroad line to the great Northern cities.[citation needed] The area where he boarded was a short distance east of the previous temporary P.W.& B. train depot in a recently developed neighborhood between the modern neighborhoods of Harbor East
Harbor East
and Little Italy. The depot was located at President and Fleet streets, east of "The Basin" of the Baltimore
harbor, on the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River. (This depot was replaced by the historic President Street Station, constructed 1849–1850; it was noted as a site of other slave escapes along one of many routes of the famous "Underground Railroad" and during the Civil War.) Young Douglass reached Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County, in the northeast corner of the state, along the southwest shore of the Susquehanna River, which flowed into the Chesapeake Bay. Though this placed him some 20 miles from the free state of Pennsylvania, it was easier to travel through Delaware, another slave state. Dressed in a sailor's uniform provided to him by Murray, who also gave him part of her savings to cover his travel costs, he carried identification papers and protection papers that he had obtained from a free black seaman.[26][27][28] Douglass crossed the wide Susquehanna River
Susquehanna River
by the railroad's steam-ferry at Havre de Grace to Perryville on the opposite shore in Cecil County, then continued by train across the state line to Wilmington, Delaware, a large port at the head of the Delaware Bay. From there, because the rail line was not yet completed, he went by steamboat along the Delaware River
Delaware River
further northeast to the "Quaker City" of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, an anti-slavery stronghold, and continued to the safe house of noted abolitionist David Ruggles
David Ruggles
in New York City. His entire journey to freedom took less than 24 hours.[29] Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
later wrote of his arrival in New York City:

I have often been asked, how I felt when first I found myself on free soil. And my readers may share the same curiosity. There is scarcely anything in my experience about which I could not give a more satisfactory answer. A new world had opened upon me. If life is more than breath, and the 'quick round of blood,' I lived more in one day than in a year of my slave life. It was a time of joyous excitement which words can but tamely describe. In a letter written to a friend soon after reaching New York, I said: 'I felt as one might feel upon escape from a den of hungry lions.' Anguish and grief, like darkness and rain, may be depicted; but gladness and joy, like the rainbow, defy the skill of pen or pencil.[30]

Once Douglass had arrived, he sent for Murray to follow him north to New York. She brought with her the necessary basics for them to set up a home. They were married on September 15, 1838, by a black Presbyterian
minister, just eleven days after Douglass's arrival in New York.[26][29] At first, they adopted Johnson as their married name, to divert attention.[26] Abolitionist and preacher

Frederick Douglass, c.1840s, in his 20s.

The couple settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After meeting and staying with Nathan and Mary Johnson, they adopted Douglass as their married name:[26] previously Douglass had been given the second name of Bailey, but he now again felt[why?] the need to find a new name and asked Johnson[which?] to choose a suitable surname. Johnson had been reading The Lady of the Lake, and suggested "Douglass" after the principal character in the poem.[31]

The home and meetinghouse of the Johnsons, where Douglass and his wife lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Douglass thought of joining a white Methodist Church but from the beginning he was disappointed when he saw it was segregated. Later he joined the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, an independent black denomination first established in New York City, which counted among its members Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.[32] He became a licensed preacher in 1839,[33] and this helped him hone his oratorical skills. He held various positions, including steward, Sunday School superintendent, and sexton. In 1840, Douglass delivered a speech in Elmira, New York, then a station on the Underground Railroad. (Years later a black congregation formed there and by 1940 it became the region's largest church).[34] Douglass also joined several organizations in New Bedford, and regularly attended abolitionist meetings. He subscribed to William Lloyd Garrison's weekly journal The Liberator. Inspired by Garrison, Douglass later said, "no face and form ever impressed me with such sentiments [of the hatred of slavery] as did those of William Lloyd Garrison." So deep was this influence that in his last biography, Douglass confessed "his paper took a place in my heart second only to The Bible."[35] Garrison was likewise impressed with Douglass, and had written about his anti-colonialism stance in The Liberator as early as 1839. In 1841, Douglass first heard Garrison speak at a meeting of the Bristol Anti- Slavery
Society. At another meeting, Douglass was unexpectedly invited to speak. After telling his story, Douglass was encouraged to become an anti-slavery lecturer. A few days later Douglass spoke at the Massachusetts Anti- Slavery
Society's annual convention in Nantucket. Then 23 years old, Douglass conquered his nervousness and gave an eloquent speech about his rough life as a slave.

William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist and one of Douglass's first friends in the North

In 1843, Douglass joined other speakers in the American Anti-Slavery Society's "Hundred Conventions" project, a six-month tour at meeting halls throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States. During this tour, slavery supporters frequently accosted Douglass. At a lecture in Pendleton, Indiana, an angry mob chased and beat Douglass before a local Quaker family, the Hardys, rescued him. His hand was broken in the attack; it healed improperly and bothered him for the rest of his life.[36] A stone marker in Falls Park in the Pendleton Historic District commemorates this event. Autobiography Douglass's best-known work is his first autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, published in 1845. At the time, some skeptics questioned whether a black man could have produced such an eloquent piece of literature. The book received generally positive reviews and became an immediate bestseller. Within three years, it had been reprinted nine times, with 11,000 copies circulating in the United States. It was also translated into French and Dutch and published in Europe. Douglass published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime (and revised the third of these), each time expanding on the previous one. The 1845 Narrative was his biggest seller, and probably allowed him to raise the funds to gain his legal freedom the following year, as discussed below. In 1855, Douglass published My Bondage and My Freedom. In 1881, after the Civil War, Douglass published Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, which he revised in 1892. Travels to Ireland and Great Britain

Douglass in 1847, around 29 years of age

Douglass' friends and mentors feared that the publicity would draw the attention of his ex-owner, Hugh Auld, who might try to get his "property" back. They encouraged Douglass to tour Ireland, as many former slaves had done. Douglass set sail on the Cambria for Liverpool on August 16, 1845. He traveled in Ireland as the Irish Potato Famine was beginning. The feeling of freedom from American racial discrimination amazed Douglass:

Eleven days and a half gone and I have crossed three thousand miles of the perilous deep. Instead of a democratic government, I am under a monarchical government. Instead of the bright, blue sky of America, I am covered with the soft, grey fog of the Emerald Isle [Ireland]. I breathe, and lo! the chattel [slave] becomes a man. I gaze around in vain for one who will question my equal humanity, claim me as his slave, or offer me an insult. I employ a cab—I am seated beside white people—I reach the hotel—I enter the same door—I am shown into the same parlour—I dine at the same table—and no one is offended... I find myself regarded and treated at every turn with the kindness and deference paid to white people. When I go to church, I am met by no upturned nose and scornful lip to tell me, 'We don't allow niggers in here!'[37]

He also met and befriended the Irish nationalist Daniel O'Connell[38] who was to be a great inspiration.[39] Douglass spent two years in Ireland and Britain, where he gave many lectures in churches and chapels. His draw was such that some facilities were "crowded to suffocation". One example was his hugely popular London
Reception Speech, which Douglass delivered in May 1846 at Alexander Fletcher's Finsbury Chapel. Douglass remarked that in England he was treated not "as a color, but as a man."[40] In 1846 Douglass met with Thomas Clarkson, one of the last living British abolitionists, who had persuaded Parliament to abolish slavery in Great Britain's colonies.[41] During this trip Douglass became legally free, as British supporters led by Anna Richardson and her sister-in-law Ellen of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
raised funds to buy his freedom from his American owner Thomas Auld.[40][42] Many supporters tried to encourage Douglass to remain in England but, with his wife still in Massachusetts and three million of his black brethren in bondage in the United States, he returned to America in the spring of 1847,[40] soon after the death of Daniel O'Connell.[43] In the 21st century, historical plaques were installed on buildings in Cork and Waterford, Ireland, and London
to celebrate Douglass's visit: the first is on the Imperial Hotel in Cork and was unveiled on August 31, 2012; the second is on the facade of Waterford
City Hall and was unveiled on October 7, 2013. It commemorates his speech there on October 9, 1845.[44] The third plaque adorns Nell Gwynn House, South Kensington in London, where Douglass stayed with the British abolitionist George Thompson.[45] Return to the United States

Douglass circa 1847–52, around his early 30s

After returning to the U.S. in 1847, Douglass started publishing his first abolitionist newspaper, the North Star, from the basement of the Memorial AME Zion Church in Rochester, New York.[46] The North Star's motto was "Right is of no Sex – Truth is of no Color – God is the Father of us all, and we are all brethren." The AME Church and North Star vigorously opposed the mostly white American Colonization Society and its proposal to send blacks back to Africa. This and Douglass's later abolitionist newspapers were mainly funded by English supporters, who gave Douglass five hundred pounds to use as he chose.[40] Douglass also soon split with Garrison, perhaps because the North Star competed with Garrison's National Anti- Slavery
Standard and Marius Robinson's Anti- Slavery
Bugle. Douglass also came to consider Garrison too radical. Earlier Douglass had agreed with Garrison's position that the Constitution was pro-slavery, because of its compromises related to apportionment of Congressional seats, based on partial counting of slave populations with state totals; and protection of the international slave trade through 1807. Garrison had burned copies of the Constitution to express his opinion. But, Lysander Spooner
Lysander Spooner
published The Unconstitutionality of Slavery
(1846), which explored the United States Constitution as an anti-slavery document. Douglass's change of opinion about the Constitution and his splitting from Garrison around 1847 became one of the abolitionist movement's most notable divisions. Douglass angered Garrison by saying that the Constitution could and should be used as an instrument in the fight against slavery.[47] In September 1848, Douglass published an open letter addressed to his former master, Thomas Auld, berating him for his conduct, and enquiring after members of his family still held by Auld.[48][49] In a graphic passage, Douglass asked Auld how he would feel if Douglass had come to take away his daughter Amanda as a slave, treating her the way he and members of his family had been treated by Auld.[48][49] Women's rights In 1848, Douglass was the only African American to attend the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention, in upstate New York.[50][51] Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
asked the assembly to pass a resolution asking for women's suffrage.[52] Many of those present opposed the idea, including influential Quakers James and Lucretia Mott.[53] Douglass stood and spoke eloquently in favor; he said that he could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not also claim that right. He suggested that the world would be a better place if women were involved in the political sphere.

In this denial of the right to participate in government, not merely the degradation of woman and the perpetuation of a great injustice happens, but the maiming and repudiation of one-half of the moral and intellectual power of the government of the world.[53]

After Douglass's powerful words, the attendees passed the resolution.[53][54] Also in the wake of the Seneca Falls Convention, Douglass used an editorial spot in his paper, the North Star, to press the case for women's rights in this public venue. The article was two-fold: it recalled the "marked ability and dignity" of the proceedings and briefly conveyed several arguments of the convention and feminist thought at the time. On the first count, Douglass acknowledged the "decorum" of the participants in the face of disagreement. The latter half discussed the primary document that emerged from the conference, a Declaration of Sentiments, and his own discussion of the "infant" feminist cause. Strikingly, he expressed the belief that "[a] discussion of the rights of animals would be regarded with far more complacency...than would be a discussion of the rights of women," and Douglass noted the link between abolitionism and feminism, the overlap between the communities. His opinion as the prominent editor of the paper likely carried weight, and he stated the position of the North Star explicitly: "[w]e hold woman to be justly entitled to all we claim for man." This letter, written a week after the convention, reaffirmed the first part of the paper's slogan, "right is of no sex." Later, after the Civil War when the 15th Amendment to give freedmen and free blacks the right to vote was being debated, Douglass split with the Stanton-led faction of the women's rights movement. Douglass supported the amendment, which would grant suffrage to black men. Stanton opposed the 15th Amendment because it limited expansion of suffrage to black men; she predicted its passage would delay for decades the cause for women's right to vote. Stanton argued that American women and black men should band together to fight for universal suffrage, and opposed any bill that split the issues.[55] Douglass and Stanton both knew that there was not yet enough male support for women's right to vote, but that an amendment giving black men the vote could pass in the late 1860s. Stanton wanted to attach women's suffrage to that of black men so that her cause would be carried to success.[56] Douglass thought such a strategy was too risky, that there was barely enough support for black men's suffrage. He feared that linking the cause of women's suffrage to that of black men would result in failure for both. Douglass argued that white women, already empowered by their social connections to fathers, husbands, and brothers, at least vicariously had the vote. African-American
women, he believed, would have the same degree of empowerment as white women once African-American
men had the vote.[56] Douglass assured the American women that at no time had he ever argued against women's right to vote.[57] Douglass refines his ideology

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
in 1856, around 38 years of age

Meanwhile, in 1851, Douglass merged the North Star with Gerrit Smith's Liberty Party Paper to form Frederick Douglass' Paper, which was published until 1860. On July 5, 1852, Douglass delivered an address to the ladies of the Rochester Anti- Slavery
Sewing Society. This speech eventually became known as "What to the slave is the 4th of July?"; one biographer called it "perhaps the greatest antislavery oration ever given."[58] In 1853, he was a prominent attendee of the radical abolitionist National African American Convention in Rochester. His was one of 5 names attached to the address of the convention to the people of the United States published under the title, The Claims of Our Common Cause, along with Amos Noë Freeman, James Monroe Whitfield, Henry O. Wagoner, and George Boyer Vashon.[59] Like many abolitionists, Douglass believed that education would be crucial for African Americans
African Americans
to improve their lives. This led Douglass to become an early advocate for school desegregation. In the 1850s, Douglass observed that New York's facilities and instruction for African-American
children were vastly inferior to those for whites. Douglass called for court action to open all schools to all children. He said that full inclusion within the educational system was a more pressing need for African Americans
African Americans
than political issues such as suffrage.

Douglass argued against John Brown's plan to attack the arsenal at Harpers Ferry, painting by Jacob Lawrence

On March 12, 1859, Douglass met with radical abolitionists John Brown, George DeBaptiste, and others at William Webb's house in Detroit to discuss emancipation[60] Douglass met Brown again, when Brown visited his home two months before leading the raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry. However, Douglass disapproved of Brown's plan to start an armed slave rebellion in the South. Douglass believed that attacking federal property would enrage the American public. After the raid, Douglass fled for a time to Canada, fearing guilt by association as well as arrest as a co-conspirator. Years later, Douglass shared a stage in Harpers Ferry with Andrew Hunter, the prosecutor who secured Brown's conviction and execution. In March 1860, while Douglass was once again traveling in England, his youngest daughter Annie died in Rochester, New York. Douglass sailed back from England the following month, traveling through Canada to avoid detection. Photography Douglass considered photography very important in ending slavery and racism, and believed that the camera would not lie, even in the hands of a racist white, photographs being an excellent counter to the many racist caricatures, particularly in blackface minstrelsy. He was the most photographed American of the 19th Century, self-consciously using photography to advance his political views.[61][62] He never smiled, specifically so as not to play into the racist caricature of a happy slave. He tended to look directly into the camera to confront the viewer, with a stern look.[63][64] Religious views As a child, Douglass was exposed to a number of religious sermons, and in his youth, he sometimes heard Sophia Auld reading the Bible. In time, he became interested in literacy; he began reading and copying bible verses, and he eventually converted to Christianity.[65][66] He described this approach in his last biography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass:

I was not more than thirteen years old, when in my loneliness and destitution I longed for some one to whom I could go, as to a father and protector. The preaching of a white Methodist minister, named Hanson, was the means of causing me to feel that in God I had such a friend. He thought that all men, great and small, bond and free, were sinners in the sight of God: that they were by nature rebels against His government; and that they must repent of their sins, and be reconciled to God through Christ. I cannot say that I had a very distinct notion of what was required of me, but one thing I did know well: I was wretched and had no means of making myself otherwise. I consulted a good old colored man named Charles Lawson, and in tones of holy affection he told me to pray, and to "cast all my care upon God." This I sought to do; and though for weeks I was a poor, broken-hearted mourner, traveling through doubts and fears, I finally found my burden lightened, and my heart relieved. I loved all mankind, slaveholders not excepted, though I abhorred slavery more than ever. I saw the world in a new light, and my great concern was to have everybody converted. My desire to learn increased, and especially, did I want a thorough acquaintance with the contents of the Bible.[67]

Douglass was mentored by Rev. Charles Lawson, and, early in his activism, he often included biblical allusions and religious metaphors in his speeches. Though a believer, he strongly criticized religious hypocrisy[68] and accused slaveholders of wickedness, lack of morality, and failure to follow the Golden Rule. In this sense, Douglass distinguished between the "Christianity of Christ" and the "Christianity of America" and considered religious slaveholders and clergymen who defended slavery as the most brutal, sinful, and cynical of all who represented "wolves in sheep's clothing."[69][70] Notably, in a famous oration given in the Corinthian Hall of Rochester, he sharply criticized the attitude of religious people who kept silent about slavery, and held that religious ministers committed a blasphemy when they taught it as sanctioned by religion. He considered that a law passed to support slavery was "one of the grossest infringements of Christian Liberty" and said that pro-slavery clergymen within the American Church "stripped the love of God of its beauty, and leave the throne of religion a huge, horrible, repulsive form," and "an abomination in the sight of God." Of ministers like John Chase Lord, Leonard Elijah Lathrop, Ichabod Spencer, and Orville Dewey, he said that they taught, against the Scriptures, that "we ought to obey man's law before the law of God". He further asserted, "in speaking of the American church, however, let it be distinctly understood that I mean the great mass of the religious organizations of our land. There are exceptions, and I thank God that there are. Noble men may be found, scattered all over these Northern States,... Henry Ward Beecher, of Brooklyn, Samuel J. May, of Syracuse, and my esteemed friend [Robert R. Raymonde]." He maintained that "upon these men lies the duty to inspire our ranks with high religious faith and zeal, and to cheer us on in the great mission of the slave's redemption from his chains." In addition, he called religious people to embrace abolitionism, stating, "let the religious press, the pulpit, the Sunday school, the conference meeting, the great ecclesiastical, missionary, Bible and tract associations of the land array their immense powers against slavery and slave-holding; and the whole system of crime and blood would be scattered to the winds."[68] During his visits to the United Kingdom, between 1846 and 1848, Douglass asked British Christians never to support American Churches that permitted slavery,[71] and he expressed his happiness to know that a group of ministers in Belfast had refused to admit slaveholders as members of the Church. On his return to the United States, Douglass founded the North Star, a weekly publication with the motto "Right is of no sex, Truth is of no color, God is the Father of us all, and we are all Brethren." Douglass later wrote a letter to his former slaveholder, in which he denounced him for leaving Douglass's family illiterate:

Your wickedness and cruelty committed in this respect on your fellow creatures, are greater than all the stripes you have laid upon my back or theirs. It is an outrage upon the soul, a war upon the immortal spirit, and one for which you must give account at the bar of our common Father and Creator. — Letter to His Old Master. To my Old Master Thomas Auld.[37]

Sometimes considered a precursor of a non-denominational liberation theology,[72][73] Douglass was a deeply spiritual man, as his home continues to show. The fireplace mantle features busts of two of his favorite philosophers, David Friedrich Strauss, author of "The Life of Jesus," and Ludwig Feuerbach, author of "The Essence of Christianity." In addition to several Bibles and books about various religions in the library, images of angels and Jesus are displayed, as well as interior and exterior photographs of Washington's Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church.[34] Throughout his life, Douglass had linked that individual experience with social reform, and like other Christian abolitionists, he followed practices such as abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and other substances that he believed corrupted body and soul.[74] Civil War years Before the Civil War By the time of the Civil War, Douglass was one of the most famous black men in the country, known for his orations on the condition of the black race and on other issues such as women's rights. His eloquence gathered crowds at every location. His reception by leaders in England and Ireland added to his stature. Fight for emancipation and suffrage

1863 Broadside listing Douglass as a speaker calling men of color to arms

Douglass and the abolitionists argued that because the aim of the Civil War was to end slavery, African Americans
African Americans
should be allowed to engage in the fight for their freedom. Douglass publicized this view in his newspapers and several speeches. In August 1861, Douglass published an account of the First Battle of Bull Run
First Battle of Bull Run
that noted that there were some blacks already in the Confederate ranks.[75] A few weeks later, Douglass brought the subject up again, quoting a witness to the battle who said they saw black Confederates "with muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets."[75] Douglass conferred with President Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
in 1863 on the treatment of black soldiers,[76] and with President Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson
on the subject of black suffrage.[77] President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect on January 1, 1863, declared the freedom of all slaves in Confederate-held territory.[78] (Slaves in Union-held areas and Northern states were freed with the adoption of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865.) Douglass described the spirit of those awaiting the proclamation: "We were waiting and listening as for a bolt from the sky ... we were watching ... by the dim light of the stars for the dawn of a new day ... we were longing for the answer to the agonizing prayers of centuries."[79] During the U.S. Presidential Election of 1864, Douglass supported John C. Frémont, who was the candidate of the abolitionist Radical Democracy Party. Douglass was disappointed that President Lincoln did not publicly endorse suffrage for black freedmen. Douglass believed that since African-American
men were fighting for the Union in the American Civil War, they deserved the right to vote.[80] With the North no longer obliged to return slaves to their owners in the South, Douglass fought for equality for his people. He made plans with Lincoln to move liberated slaves out of the South. During the war, Douglass also helped the Union cause by serving as a recruiter for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. His eldest son, Charles Douglass, joined the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, but was ill for much of his service.[33] Lewis Douglass fought at the Battle of Fort Wagner.[81] Another son, Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Jr., also served as a recruiter. After Lincoln's death

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
in 1876, around 58 years of age

The post-war (1865) ratification of the 13th Amendment outlawed slavery. The 14th Amendment provided for citizenship and equal protection under the law. The 15th Amendment protected all citizens from being discriminated against in voting because of race.[55] On April 14, 1876, Douglass delivered the keynote speech at the unveiling of the Emancipation Memorial
Emancipation Memorial
in Washington's Lincoln Park. In that speech, Douglass spoke frankly about Lincoln, noting what he perceived as both positive and negative attributes of the late President. Calling Lincoln "the white man's president", Douglass criticized Lincoln's tardiness in joining the cause of emancipation, noting that Lincoln initially opposed the expansion of slavery but did not support its elimination. But Douglass also asked, "Can any colored man, or any white man friendly to the freedom of all men, ever forget the night which followed the first day of January 1863, when the world was to see if Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
would prove to be as good as his word?"[82] Douglass also said: "Though Mr. Lincoln shared the prejudices of his white fellow-countrymen against the Negro, it is hardly necessary to say that in his heart of hearts he loathed and hated slavery...." The crowd, roused by his speech, gave Douglass a standing ovation. Lincoln's widow Mary Lincoln supposedly gave Lincoln's favorite walking-stick to Douglass in appreciation. That walking-stick still rests in Douglass's final residence, "Cedar Hill", now preserved as the Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
National Historic Site. Reconstruction era After the Civil War, Douglass continued to work for equality for African-Americans and women. Due to his prominence and activism during the war, Douglass received several political appointments. He served as president of the Reconstruction-era Freedman's Savings Bank.[83] Douglass also became chargé d'affaires for the Dominican Republic, but resigned that position after two years because of disagreements with U.S. government policy.[84] Meanwhile, white insurgents had quickly arisen in the South after the war, organizing first as secret vigilante groups, including the Ku Klux Klan. Armed insurgency took different forms. Powerful paramilitary groups included the White League
White League
and the Red Shirts, both active during the 1870s in the Deep South. They operated as "the military arm of the Democratic Party", turning out Republican officeholders and disrupting elections.[85] More than 10 years after the end of the war, Democrats regained political power in every state of the former Confederacy and began to reassert white supremacy. They enforced this by a combination of violence, late 19th-century laws imposing segregation and a concerted effort to disfranchise African Americans. New labor and criminal laws also limited their freedom.[86]

Douglass' former residence in the U Street Corridor
U Street Corridor
of Washington, D.C. He built 2000–2004 17th Street, N.W., in 1875.

In an effort to combat these efforts, Douglass supported the presidential campaign of Ulysses S. Grant
Ulysses S. Grant
in 1868. In 1870, Douglass started his last newspaper, the New National Era, attempting to hold his country to its commitment to equality.[33] President Grant sent a Congressionally sponsored commission, accompanied by Douglass, on a mission to the West Indies to investigate if the annexation of Santo Domingo would be good for the United States. Grant believed annexation would help relieve the violent situation in the South allowing African Americans their own state. Douglass and the commission favored annexation, however, Congress remained opposed to annexation. Douglass criticized Senator Charles Sumner, who opposed annexation, stating if Sumner continued to oppose annexation he would "regard him as the worst foe the colored race has on this continent."[87] After the midterm elections, Grant signed the Civil Rights Act of 1871 (also known as the Klan Act), and the second and third Enforcement Acts. Grant used their provisions vigorously, suspending habeas corpus in South Carolina and sending troops there and into other states. Under his leadership over 5,000 arrests were made. Grant's vigor in disrupting the Klan made him unpopular among many whites, but earned Douglass's praise. An associate of Douglass wrote of Grant that African Americans
African Americans
"will ever cherish a grateful remembrance of his name, fame and great services." In 1872, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States, as Victoria Woodhull's running mate on the Equal Rights Party ticket. He was nominated without his knowledge. Douglass neither campaigned for the ticket nor acknowledged that he had been nominated.[10] In that year, he was presidential elector at large for the State of New York, and took that state's votes to Washington, D.C.[88] However, during that year his home on South Avenue in Rochester, New York, burned down; arson was suspected. A complete issue of the North Star was lost. Douglass then moved to Washington, D.C. Throughout the Reconstruction era, Douglass continued speaking, and emphasized the importance of work, voting rights and actual exercise of suffrage. Douglass's stump speech for 25 years after the end of the Civil War emphasized work to counter the racism that was then prevalent in unions.[89] In a speech delivered on November 15, 1867, Douglass said: "A man's rights rest in three boxes. The ballot box, jury box and the cartridge box. Let no man be kept from the ballot box because of his color. Let no woman be kept from the ballot box because of her sex."[90][91] Douglass spoke at many colleges around the country. These included Bates College
Bates College
in Lewiston, Maine, in 1873. Family life

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
after 1884 with his second wife Helen Pitts Douglass (sitting). The woman standing is her sister Eva Pitts.

Douglass and Anna had five children: Rosetta Douglass, Lewis Henry Douglass, Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Jr., Charles Remond Douglass, and Annie Douglass (died at the age of ten). Charles and Rosetta helped produce his newspapers. Anna Douglass remained a loyal supporter of her husband's public work, even though Douglass's relationships with Julia Griffiths and Ottilie Assing, two women he was professionally involved with, caused recurring speculation and scandals.[92] After Anna died in 1882, in 1884 Douglass married again, to Helen Pitts, a white suffragist and abolitionist from Honeoye, New York. Pitts was the daughter of Gideon Pitts Jr., an abolitionist colleague and friend of Douglass. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College
(then called Mount Holyoke Female Seminary), Pitts worked on a radical feminist publication named Alpha while living in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
The marriage provoked a storm of controversy, since Pitts was both white and nearly 20 years younger than Douglass. Her family stopped speaking to her; his children considered the marriage a repudiation of their mother. However, feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
congratulated the couple.[93] Douglass responded to the criticisms by saying that his first marriage had been to someone the color of his mother, and his second to someone the color of his father.[94] Final years in Washington, D.C.

Cedar Hill, Douglass' house in the Anacostia
neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is preserved as a National Historic Site.

The Freedman's Savings Bank
Freedman's Savings Bank
went bankrupt on June 29, 1874,[95] just a few months after Douglass became its president in late March.[95] During that same economic crisis, his final newspaper, The New National Era, failed in September.[96] When Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was elected President, Douglass accepted an appointment as United States Marshal
United States Marshal
for the District of Columbia, which helped assure his family's financial security.[33] In 1877, Douglass visited Thomas Auld, who was by then on his deathbed, and the two men reconciled. Douglass had met Auld's daughter, Amanda Auld Sears, some years prior; she had requested the meeting and had subsequently attended and cheered one of Douglass' speeches. Her father complimented her for reaching out to Douglass. The visit also appears to have brought closure to Douglass, although some criticized his effort.[48] That same year, Douglass bought the house which was to be the family's final home in Washington D.C., on a hill above the Anacostia
River. He and Anna named it Cedar Hill (also spelled CedarHill). They expanded the house from 14 to 21 rooms, and included a china closet. One year later, Douglass purchased adjoining lots and expanded the property to 15 acres (61,000 m²). The home is now preserved as the Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
National Historic Site. In 1881, Douglass both published the final edition of his autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, and received another political appointment, as Recorder of Deeds
Recorder of Deeds
for the District of Columbia. However, Anna Murray-Douglass
Anna Murray-Douglass
died in 1882, leaving the widower devastated. After a period of mourning, Douglass found new meaning from working with activist Ida B. Wells. He also remarried in 1884, as mentioned above. Douglass also continued his speaking engagements and travel, both in the United States and abroad. With his new wife, Helen, Douglass traveled to England, Ireland, France, Italy, Egypt and Greece from 1886 to 1887. Douglass also became known for advocating Irish Home Rule and supported Charles Stewart Parnell
Charles Stewart Parnell
in Ireland.

Gravestone of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
located in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, New York

At the 1888 Republican National Convention, Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States in a major party's roll call vote.[97][98][99] That year, Douglass spoke at Claflin College, a black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and the oldest such institution in the state.[100] Many African Americans, called Exodusters, escaped the Klan and racially discriminatory laws in the South by moving to large northern cities, as well as to places like Kansas
where some formed all-black towns to have a greater level of freedom and autonomy. Douglass did not favor this, nor the Back-to-Africa movement, which he thought resembled the American Colonization Society
American Colonization Society
he had fought in his youth. In 1892, at an Indianapolis conference convened by Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, Douglass spoke out against the separatist movements, urging blacks to stick it out.[33] He made similar speeches as early as 1879, and was criticized both by fellow leaders and some audiences, who even booed him for this position.[101] Speaking in Baltimore
in 1894, Douglass said, "I hope and trust all will come out right in the end, but the immediate future looks dark and troubled. I cannot shut my eyes to the ugly facts before me."[102] President Harrison appointed Douglass to be the United States's minister resident and consul-general to the Republic of Haiti
Republic of Haiti
and Chargé d'affaires
Chargé d'affaires
for Santo Domingo in 1889,[103] but Douglass resigned the commission in July 1891.[104] In 1893, Haiti made Douglass a co-commissioner of its pavilion at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.[104] In 1892, Douglass constructed rental housing for blacks, now known as Douglass Place, in the Fells Point
Fells Point
area of Baltimore. The complex still exists, and in 2003 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[105][106] Death On February 20, 1895, Douglass attended a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
During that meeting, he was brought to the platform and received a standing ovation. Shortly after he returned home, Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
died of a massive heart attack.[5] He was 77. His funeral was held at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. Thousands of people passed by his coffin to show their respect. Although Douglass had attended several churches in the nation's capital, he had a pew here and donated two standing candelabras when this church had moved to a new building in 1886. He also gave many lectures there, including his last major speech, "The Lesson of the Hour."[34] Douglass' coffin was transported back to Rochester, New York, where he had lived for 25 years, longer than anywhere else in his life. He was buried next to Anna in the Douglass family plot of Mount Hope Cemetery, and Helen joined them in 1903.[107][108][109]

Legacy and honors See also: List of things named after Frederick Douglass

Poster from Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau, 1943

America the Beautiful quarter honoring Frederick Douglass

The Episcopal Church (USA)
Episcopal Church (USA)
remembers Douglass annually on its liturgical calendar for February 20, the anniversary of his death. Many public schools have also been named in his honor. Douglass still has living descendants today, such as Ken Morris, who is also a descendant of Booker T. Washington.[110] Other honors and remembrances, organized chronologically, include:

In 1921, members of the Alpha Phi Alpha
Alpha Phi Alpha
fraternity (the first African-American
intercollegiate fraternity) designated Frederick Douglass as an honorary member. Douglass thus became the only man to receive an honorary membership posthumously.[111] The Frederick Douglass Memorial
Frederick Douglass Memorial
Bridge, sometimes referred to as the South Capitol Street Bridge, just south of the US Capitol
US Capitol
in Washington DC, was built in 1950 and named in his honor. In 1962, his home in Anacostia
(Washington, DC) became part of the National Park System,[112] and in 1988 was designated the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. In 1965, the U.S. Postal Service honored Douglass with a stamp in the Prominent Americans series. In 1999, Yale University
Yale University
established the Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Book Prize for works in the history of slavery and abolition, in his honor. The annual $25,000 prize is administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante
Molefi Kete Asante
named Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
to his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.[113] In 2003, Douglass Place, the rental housing units that Douglass built in Baltimore
in 1892 for blacks, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007, the former Troup–Howell bridge, which carried Interstate 490 over the Genesee River
Genesee River
in Rochester, was redesigned and renamed the Frederick Douglass – Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
Memorial Bridge. In 2010, a statue (by Gabriel Koren) and memorial (designed by Algernon Miller) of Douglass[114] were unveiled at Frederick Douglass Circle at the northwest corner of Central Park
Central Park
in New York City.[115] Also in 2010, the New York Writers Hall of Fame inducted Douglass in its inaugural class. On June 12, 2011, Talbot County, Maryland, honored Douglass by installing a seven-foot bronze statue of Douglass on the lawn of the county courthouse in Easton, Maryland.[116] The Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Institute is a West Chester University program for advancing multicultural studies across the curriculum and for deepening the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass.[117] On June 19, 2013, a statue of Douglass by Maryland
artist Steven Weitzman was unveiled[118] in the United States Capitol Visitor Center as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection, the first statue representing the District of Columbia.[119] On September 15, 2014, under the leadership of Governor Martin O'Malley a portrait of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
was unveiled at his official residence in Annapolis, MD. This painting, by artist Simmie Knox, is the first African-American
portrait to grace the walls of Government House. Commissioned by Eddie C. Brown, founder of Brown Capital Management, LLC,[120] the painting was presented at a reception by the Governor. On January 7, 2015, As a parting gift in honor of Governor Martin O'Malley's last Board of Public Works a portrait of Frederick Douglass was gifted to him by Peter Franchot.[121] Two editions of this artwork, by artist Benjamin Jancewicz, were purchased from Galerie Myrtis by Peter Franchot
Peter Franchot
and his wife Ann both as a gift for the Governor as well as to add to their own collection. The Governor's edition now hangs in his office.[122] In November, 2015, the University of Maryland
University of Maryland
dedicated Frederick Douglass Plaza, an outdoor space where visitors can read quotes and see a bronze statue of Douglass.[123] On October 18, 2016, the Council of the District of Columbia
District of Columbia
voted that the city's new name as a State is to be "Washington, D.C.", and that "D.C." is to stand for "Douglass Commonwealth."[124] On April 3, 2017, the U.S. Mint began issuing quarters with an image of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
on the reverse, with the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the background. The coin is part of the America the Beautiful Quarters
America the Beautiful Quarters

In arts and literature

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In the third episode of the first season in the miniseries North and South, Robert Guillaume
Robert Guillaume
portrayed Douglass during a speech about the American slave trade. The 1989 film Glory featured Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
as a friend of Francis George Shaw. He was played by Raymond St. Jacques. The Fugees' 1996 album The Score includes the following lines about Frederick Douglass:

Problem with noman before black I'm first hu-man Appetite to write, like Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
with a slave hand[126]

Douglass is the protagonist of the novel Riversmeet (Richard Bradbury, Muswell Press, 2007), a fictionalized account of his 1845 speaking tour of the British Isles.[127] The 2004 mockumentary film, an alternative history called C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, featured the figure of Douglass. In the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee, characters discuss Frederick Douglass near a bronze bust of him by sculptor Tina Allen.[128] The 2008 documentary film called Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
and the White Negro tells the story of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
in Ireland and the relationship between African Americans
African Americans
and Irish Americans during the American Civil War. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
is a major character in the 1997 novel How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove, an alternate history in which the Confederacy won the Civil War and Douglass must continue his anti-slavery campaign into the 1880s. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
appears in Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (1994), by George MacDonald Fraser. Terry Bisson's 1988 novel Fire on the Mountain is an alternate history in which John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
succeeded and instead of the Civil War the Black slaves emancipated themselves in a massive slave revolt. In this history Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
(along with Harriet Tubman) is the revered Founder of a Black state created in the Deep South. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
appears as a Great Humanitarian in the 2008 strategy video game Civilization Revolution.[129] Douglass, his wife, and his mistress, Ottilie Assing, are the main characters in Jewell Parker Rhodes' Douglass' Women, a novel (New York: Atria Books, 2002). Douglass' time in Ireland is fictionalized in Colum McCann's 2013 novel TransAtlantic.[130] A comedic representation of Douglass is made in James McBride's 2013 novel The Good Lord Bird.[131] In the 2015 documentary film The Gettysburg Address the role of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
is voiced by actor Laurence Fishburne. Douglass was portrayed by J. B. Smoove
J. B. Smoove
in a 2016 episode of Epic Rap Battles of History, in which he rap battled against Thomas Jefferson as portrayed by Peter Shukoff.


1965 US Postage Stamp, published during the upsurge of the civil rights movement


A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) "The Heroic Slave". Autographs for Freedom. Ed. Julia Griffiths, Boston: Jewett and Company, 1853. pp. 174–239. My Bondage and My Freedom
My Bondage and My Freedom
(1855) Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
(1881, revised 1892) Douglass founded and edited the abolitionist newspaper the North Star from 1847 to 1851. He merged the North Star with another paper to create the Frederick Douglass' Paper. In the Words of Frederick Douglass: Quotations from Liberty's Champion. Edited by John R. McKivigan and Heather L. Kaufman. Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8014-4790-7


"The Church and Prejudice" Self-Made Men The Hypocrisy of American Slavery, 1852 "Speech at National Hall, Philadelphia
July 6, 1863 for the Promotion of Colored Enlistments"[132] "What to a slave is the 4th of July?"[133]

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^ "The old cabin, with its rail floor and rail bedsteads upstairs, and its clay floor downstairs, and its dirt chimney, and windowless sides, ... was MY HOME – the only home I ever had; and I loved it, and all connected with it. The old fences around it, and the stumps in the edge of the woods near it, and the squirrels that ran, skipped, and played upon them, were objects of interest and affection. There, too, right at the side of the hut, stood the old well." Douglass, Frederick (1855). My Bondage and My Freedom. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 


^ "Frederick Douglass". Retrieved April 20, 2011.  ^ "How Slavery
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Heritage. Retrieved December 22, 2016.  ^ a b " Frederick Douglass
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Biography". Retrieved September 4, 2012.  ^ a b "Later Years and Death Frederick Douglass
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Heritage". www.frederick-douglass-heritage.org. Retrieved September 21, 2017.  ^ Willard B. Gatewood Jr. (January 1981). " Frederick Douglass
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and the Building of a 'Wall of Anti- Slavery
Fire', 1845–1846. An Essay Review". The Florida Historical Quarterly. 59 (3): 340–44. JSTOR 30147499.  ^ Stewart, Roderick M. (January 10, 1999). "The Claims of Frederick Douglass Philosophically Considered". In Bill E. Lawson; Frank M. Kirkland. Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader. Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 155–56. ISBN 978-0-631-20578-4. Retrieved March 18, 2011.  "Moreover, though he does not make the point explicitly, again the very fact that Douglass is ably disputing this argument on this occasion celebrating a select few's intellect and will (or moral character)—this fact constitutes a living counterexample to the narrowness of the pro-slavery definition of humans." ^ Social Studies School Service (2005). Big Ideas in U.S. History. Social Studies. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-56004-206-8. Retrieved March 18, 2011.  ^ Matlack, J.. (1979). The Autobiographies of Frederick Douglass. Phylon (1960–), 40(1), 16. doi:10.2307/274419 "He spoke too well....Since he did not talk, look, or act like a slave (in the eyes of Northern audiences), Douglass was denounced as an imposter." ^ a b Trotman, C. James (2011). Frederick Douglass: A Biography. Penguin Books. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-0-313-35036-8.  ^ Frederick Douglass
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(1855). The Anti- Slavery
Movement, A Lecture by Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
before the Rochester Ladies' Anti- Slavery
Society. p. 33. Retrieved October 6, 2010. My point here is, first, the Constitution is, according to its reading, an anti-slavery document; and, secondly, to dissolve the Union, as a means to abolish slavery, is about as wise as it would be to burn up this city, in order to get the thieves out of it. But again, we hear the motto, 'no union with slave-holders;' and I answer it, as the noble champion of liberty, N. P. Rogers, answered it with a more sensible motto, namely—'No union with slave-holding.' I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.  ^ Roy E. Finkenbine. "Douglass, Frederick", American National Biography Online, 2000. Accessdate: March 16, 2016. ^ a b Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
(1845). Narrative of the Life of an American Slave. ISBN 9781606209639. Retrieved January 8, 2012.  Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
began his own story thus: "I was born in Tuckahoe, near Hillsborough, and about twelve miles from Easton, in Talbot county, Maryland." (Tuckahoe is not a town; it refers to the area west of the creek in Talbot County.) In successive autobiographies, Douglass gave more precise estimates of when he was born, his final estimate being 1817. He adopted February 14 as his birthday because his mother Harriet Bailey used to call him her "little valentine". ^ Amanda Barker (1996). "The Search for Frederick Douglass' Birthplace". Retrieved January 8, 2012.  Note that, though Amanda Barker's web site devoted to the Douglass birthplace states that you can't find it with tour books and guides, that is no longer the case. ^ "The Historical Society of Talbot County: Museum and Gardens: Frederick Douglass". Retrieved December 22, 2016.  See the " Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Driving Tour of Talbot County" at the bottom of the page. ^ Slaves were punished for learning to read or write, and so could not keep records. Based on the extant records of Douglass's former owner, Aaron Anthony, historian Dickson Preston determined that Douglass was born in February 1818. McFeely, 1991, p. 8. ^ "Who is Black? One Nation's Definition". Frontline. WGBH. Retrieved November 27, 2015.  ^ Douglass, Frederick (1851). Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Written by himself (6 ed.). London: H.G. Collins. p. 10.  ^ ""Frederick Douglass", The Historical Society of Talbot County, Maryland".  ^ Douglass, Frederick, "Chapter VII", Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Written by himself  ^ Douglass, Frederick. The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History, p. 50. Dover Value Editions, Courier Dover Publications, 2003. ISBN 0-486-43170-3. ^ Douglass, Frederick (1851). Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Written by himself (6 ed.). London: H.G. Collins. p. 39.  ^ Douglass, Frederick (1851). Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Written by himself (6 ed.). London: H.G. Collins. pp. 43–44.  ^ Jacobs, H. and Appiah, K. (2004). Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave & Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. pp. xiii, 4. ^ Bowers, Jerome. Frederick Douglass, Teachinghistory.org. Accessed June 3, 2010. ^ a b c d e Julius Eric Thompson; James L. Conyers (2010). The Frederick Douglass
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Frederick Douglass
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Suffrage Association (NAWSA)". In Julius E. Thompson; James L. Conyers Jr.; Nancy Dawson. The Frederick Douglass
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Dominican Republic
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Further reading Scholarship:

Douglass, Frederick (1857). My bondage and my freedom : Part I. Life as a slave, Part II. Life as a freeman. New York, Auburn : Miller, Orton.  Douglass, Frederick (1892). Life and times of Frederick Douglass, written by himself. Boston, De Wolfe & Fiske Co.  Chaffin, Tom. Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2014. Foner, Philip Sheldon. The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass. New York: International Publishers, 1950. Gates Jr., Henry Louis, ed. Frederick Douglass, Autobiography. Library of America, 1994. Gregory, James Monroe. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
the Orator: Containing an Account of His Life; His Eminent Public Services; His Brilliant Career as Orator; Selections from His Speeches and Writings. Willey & Company, 1893. Baker Jr., Houston A. "Introduction," Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, New York: Penguin, 1986 edition. Finkenbine, Roy E. "Douglass, Frederick"; American National Biography Online February 2000. Access Date: March 16 2016; a brief scholarly biography. Huggins, Nathan Irvin, and Oscar Handlin. Slave and Citizen: The Life of Frederick Douglass. Library of American Biography. Boston: Little, Brown, 1980. Lampe, Gregory P. Frederick Douglass: Freedom's Voice. Rhetoric and Public Affairs Series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1998. Levine, Robert S. Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997. NcFeely, William (2017) [1991]. Frederick Douglass. New York: W.W. Norton.  McMillen, Sally Gregory. Seneca Falls and the origins of the women's rights movement. Oxford University Press, 2008. Oakes, James. The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. Quarles, Benjamin. Frederick Douglass. Washington: Associated Publishers, 1948. Stanton, Elizabeth Cady; edited by Theodore Stanton and Harriot Stanton Blatch. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, As Revealed in Her Letters, Diary and Reminiscences, Harper & Brothers, 1922. Vogel, Todd, ed. The Black Press: New Literary and Historical Essays. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001. Webber, Thomas, Deep Like Rivers: Education in the Slave Quarter Community 1831–1865. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (1978). Woodson, C. G., The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861: A History of the Education of the Colored People of the United States from the Beginning of Slavery
to the Civil War. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1915.

For young readers:

Miller, William. Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery. Illus. by Cedric Lucas. Lee & Low Books, 1995. Weidt, Maryann N. Voice of Freedom: a Story about Frederick Douglass. Illus. by Jeni Reeves. Lerner Publications, 2001.

Documentary films:

Frederick Douglass and the White Negro
Frederick Douglass and the White Negro
[videorecording] / Writer/Director John J Doherty, produced by Camel Productions, Ireland. Irish Film Board/TG4/BCI.; 2008 Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
[videorecording] / produced by Greystone Communications, Inc. for A&E Network ; executive producers, Craig Haffner and Donna E. Lusitana.; 1997 Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History [videorecording] / a co-production of ROJA Productions and WETA-TV. Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist Editor
[videorecording]/a production of Schlessinger Video Productions. Race to Freedom [videorecording]: the story of the Underground Railroad / an Atlantis

External links

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Douglass sources online

Fourth of July Speech, "What to the slave is the 4th of July?," July 5, 1852 Letter to Thomas Auld (September 3, 1848) The Frederick Douglass
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Papers Edition: A Critical Edition of Douglass' Complete Works, including speeches, autobiographies, letters, and other writings. Works by Frederick Douglass
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at Project Gutenberg Works by or about Frederick Douglass
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at Internet Archive Works by Frederick Douglass
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at LibriVox
(public domain audiobooks) Works by Frederick Douglass
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at Online Books Page Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. Written by Himself. Boston: Anti- Slavery
Office, 1845. The Heroic Slave. From Autographs for Freedom, Ed. Julia Griffiths. Boston: John P. Jewett and Company. Cleveland, Ohio: Jewett, Proctor, and Worthington. London: Low and Company., 1853. My Bondage and My Freedom. Part I. Life as a Slave. Part II. Life as a Freeman. New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1855. Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time. Hartford, Conn.: Park Publishing Co., 1881. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
lecture on Haiti[permanent dead link] – Given at the World's Fair in Chicago, January 1893. The Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Diary (1886–87) The Liberator Files, Items concerning Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
from Horace Seldon's collection and summary of research of William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, original copies at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts. Video. In the Words of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
on YouTube
January 27, 2012. Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
frequently spoke in Bloomington – Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois newspaper)

Resource Guides

Frederick Douglass: Online Resources from the Library of Congress

Biographical information

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Project, University of Rochester. "Frederick Douglass", (American Memory, Library of Congress) Includes timeline. Timeline of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
and family Timeline of "The Life of Frederick Douglass" – Features key political events Read more about Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
NHS – Douglass' Life Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
NHS – Cedar Hill, National Park Service website Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Western New York Suffragists Mr. Lincoln and Freedom: Frederick Douglass Mr. Lincoln's White House: Frederick Douglass "Writings of Frederick Douglass", from C-SPAN's American Writers: A Journey Through History

Memorials to Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
National Historic Site, Washington, DC home of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Gardens at Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Gardens Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Circle, in Harlem overlooking Central Park
Central Park
has a statue of Frederick Douglass. North of this point, 8th Avenue is referred to as Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Boulevard The Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Prize, a national book prize Lewis N. Douglass as a Sergeant Major
Sergeant Major
in the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry The short film Fighter for Freedom: The Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
Story (1984) is available for free download at the Internet Archive

Party political offices

Preceded by New title United States Equal Rights Party Vice-Presidential Nominee 1872 Succeeded by Marietta Stow
Marietta Stow
(National Equal Rights Party)

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Slave narratives

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Individuals by continent of enslavement


Robert Adams (c. 1790 – ?) Francis Bok
Francis Bok
(b. 1979) James Leander Cathcart (1767 – 1843) Ólafur Egilsson (1564 – 1639) Hark Olufs
Hark Olufs
(1708 – 1754) Mende Nazer
Mende Nazer
(b. 1982) Thomas Pellow
Thomas Pellow
(1705 – ?) Joseph Pitts (1663–1735?) Guðríður Símonardóttir
Guðríður Símonardóttir
(1598 – 1682)


Lovisa von Burghausen
Lovisa von Burghausen
(1698–1733) Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano
(c. 1745 Nigeria – 31 March 1797 Eng) Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
Ukawsaw Gronniosaw
(c. 1705 Bornu – 1775 Eng) Roustam Raza
Roustam Raza
(1783–1845) Brigitta Scherzenfeldt
Brigitta Scherzenfeldt

North America: Canada

Marie-Joseph Angélique
Marie-Joseph Angélique
(c. 1710 Portugal – 1734 Montreal)

North America: Caribbean

Juan Francisco Manzano (1797–1854, Cuba) Esteban Montejo (1860–1965, Cuba) Mary Prince Venerable Pierre Toussaint
Pierre Toussaint
(1766 Saint-Dominque – June 30, 1853 NY) Marcos Xiorro
Marcos Xiorro
(c. 1819 – ???, Puerto Rico)

North America: United States

Sam Aleckson Jordan Anderson William J. Anderson Jared Maurice Arter Solomon Bayley Polly Berry Henry Bibb Leonard Black Henry "Box" Brown John Brown William Wells Brown Peter Bruner
Peter Bruner
(1845 KY – 1938 OH) Ellen and William Craft Hannah Crafts Lucinda Davis Noah Davis Lucy Delaney Ayuba Suleiman Diallo Frederick Douglass Kate Drumgoold Jordan Winston Early
Jordan Winston Early
(1814 – after 1894) Sarah Jane Woodson Early David George Moses Grandy William Green (19th century MD) William Grimes Josiah Henson Fountain Hughes (1848/1854 VA – 1957) John Andrew Jackson Harriet Ann Jacobs John Jea Thomas James (minister) Paul Jennings (1799–1874) Elizabeth Keckley Boston King Lunsford Lane J. Vance Lewis Jermain Wesley Loguen Solomon Northup John Parker (1827 VA – 1900) William Parker James Robert Moses Roper Omar ibn Said William Henry Singleton Venture Smith Austin Steward (1793 VA – 1860) Venerable Pierre Toussaint
Pierre Toussaint
(1766 Saint-Dominque – 1853 NY) Harriet Tubman Wallace Turnage Bethany Veney Booker T. Washington Wallace Willis (19th century Indian Territory) Harriet E. Wilson Zamba Zembola
Zamba Zembola
(b. c. 1780 Congo) See also Treatment of slaves in the US, Exodus narrative in Antebellum America, Slavery
among the indigenous peoples of the Americas

South America

(c. 1795 Nigeria – ? Brazil) Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua
Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua
(1845–1847, Brazil)

Non-fiction books

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano
(1789) The Narrative of Robert Adams
The Narrative of Robert Adams
(1816) American Slavery
as It Is (1839) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
(1845) The Life of Josiah Henson
Josiah Henson
(1849) Twelve Years a Slave
Twelve Years a Slave
(1853) My Bondage and My Freedom
My Bondage and My Freedom
(1855) Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
(1861) The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Records (1872) Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
(1881) Up from Slavery
(1901) The Peculiar Institution
The Peculiar Institution
(1956) The Slave Community
The Slave Community


(1688) Sab (1841) Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin
(1852) The Heroic Slave
The Heroic Slave
(1852) Clotel
(1853) Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856) The Bondwoman's Narrative
The Bondwoman's Narrative
(1853?–1861?) Our Nig
Our Nig
(1859) Jubilee (1966) Confessions of Nat Turner
Confessions of Nat Turner
(1967) Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976) Underground to Canada
Underground to Canada
(1977) Kindred (1979) Dessa Rose (1986) Beloved (1987) Middle Passage
Middle Passage
(1990) Queen: The Story of an American Family (1993) Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons (1996) Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade (2001) Walk Through Darkness (2002) The Known World
The Known World
(2003) Unburnable (2006) Copper Sun (2006) The Book of Negroes (2007) The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad

Young adult books

Amos Fortune, Free Man (1951) I, Juan de Pareja (1965) The Slave-girl from Jerusalem
The Slave-girl from Jerusalem


To a Southern Slaveholder (1848) A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin


The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom (1858) The Octoroon
The Octoroon


literature Caribbean literature Films featuring slavery Songs of the Underground Railroad Book of Negroes (1783) Cotton Plantation Record and Account Book
Cotton Plantation Record and Account Book
(1847) Slave Songs of the United States
Slave Songs of the United States
(1867) Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery
(2002) The Hemingses of Monticello (2008)


Unchained Memories
Unchained Memories
(2003) Frederick Douglass and the White Negro
Frederick Douglass and the White Negro

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American Civil War


Origins Issues

Timeline leading to the War Antebellum era Bleeding Kansas Border states Compromise of 1850 Dred Scott v. Sandford Lincoln-Douglas debates Missouri Compromise Popular sovereignty Secession States' rights President Lincoln's 75,000 volunteers


African Americans Cornerstone Speech Emancipation Proclamation Fugitive slave laws Plantations in the American South Slave Power Slavery
in the United States Treatment of slaves in the United States Uncle Tom's Cabin


Susan B. Anthony John Brown Frederick Douglass William Lloyd Garrison Elijah Parish Lovejoy J. Sella Martin Lysander Spooner George Luther Stearns Thaddeus Stevens Charles Sumner Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad

Combatants Theaters Campaigns Battles States


Union (USA)

Army Navy Marine Corps Revenue Cutter Service

Confederacy (CSA)

Army Navy Marine Corps


Eastern Western Lower Seaboard Trans-Mississippi Pacific Coast Union naval blockade

Major Campaigns

Anaconda Plan Blockade runners New Mexico Jackson's Valley Peninsula Northern Virginia Maryland Stones River Vicksburg Tullahoma Gettysburg Morgan's Raid Bristoe Knoxville Red River Overland Atlanta Valley 1864 Bermuda Hundred Richmond-Petersburg Franklin–Nashville Price's Raid Sherman's March Carolinas Appomattox

Major battles

Fort Sumter 1st Bull Run Wilson's Creek Fort Donelson Pea Ridge Hampton Roads Shiloh New Orleans Corinth Seven Pines Seven Days 2nd Bull Run Antietam Perryville Fredericksburg Stones River Chancellorsville Gettysburg Vicksburg Chickamauga Chattanooga Wilderness Spotsylvania Cold Harbor Atlanta Mobile Bay Franklin Nashville Five Forks

Involvement (by  state or territory)





R. H. Anderson Beauregard Bragg Buchanan Cooper Early Ewell Forrest Gorgas Hill Hood Jackson A. S. Johnston J. E. Johnston Lee Longstreet Morgan Mosby Price Semmes E. K. Smith Stuart Taylor Wheeler


Benjamin Bocock Breckinridge Davis Hunter Mallory Memminger Seddon Stephens



Anderson Buell Burnside Butler Du Pont Farragut Foote Frémont Grant Halleck Hooker Hunt McClellan McDowell Meade Meigs Ord Pope D. D. Porter Rosecrans Scott Sheridan Sherman Thomas


Adams Chase Ericsson Hamlin Lincoln Pinkerton Seward Stanton Stevens Wade Welles


U.S. Constitution

Reconstruction amendments

13th Amendment 14th Amendment 15th Amendment


Alabama Claims Brooks–Baxter War Carpetbaggers Colfax Riot of 1873 Eufaula Riot of 1874 Freedmen's Bureau Freedman's Savings Bank Impeachment of Andrew Johnson Kirk-Holden War Knights of the White Camelia Ku Klux Klan Memphis Riot of 1866 Meridian Riot of 1871 New Orleans
New Orleans
Riot of 1866 Pulaski (Tennessee) Riot of 1867 Reconstruction acts

Habeas Corpus Act 1867 Enforcement Act of 1870 Enforcement Act of February 1871 Enforcement Act of April 1871

Reconstruction treaties

Indian Council at Fort Smith

Red Shirts Redeemers Confederate refugees


Scalawags South Carolina riots of 1876 Southern Claims Commission Homestead acts

Southern Homestead Act of 1866 Timber Culture Act
Timber Culture Act
of 1873

White League



Centennial Civil War Discovery Trail Civil War Roundtables Civil War Trails Program Civil War Trust Confederate History Month Confederate monuments and memorials Historical reenactment Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee


Black Codes Jim Crow

Lost Cause mythology Modern display of the Confederate flag Sons of Confederate Veterans Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Southern Historical Society United Daughters of the Confederacy

Monuments and memorials


List of Union Civil War monuments and memorials List of memorials to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorials to Abraham Lincoln


List of Confederate monuments and memorials Removal of Confederate monuments and memorials List of memorials to Robert E. Lee List of memorials to Jefferson Davis Annapolis

Roger B. Taney Monument


Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument Confederate Women's Monument Roger B. Taney Monument Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee
and Stonewall Jackson
Stonewall Jackson

Durham, North Carolina

Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee

New Orleans

Battle of Liberty Place Monument Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis
Monument General Beauregard Equestrian Statue Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee


Confederate Memorial Day Ladies' memorial associations U.S. Memorial Day U.S. national cemeteries


1913 Gettysburg Reunion Confederate Veteran Grand Army of the Republic Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the U.S. Old soldiers' homes Southern Cross of Honor United Confederate Veterans

Related topics

Related topics


Arms Campaign Medal Cavalry Confederate Home Guard Confederate railroads Confederate Revolving Cannon Field artillery Medal of Honor recipients Medicine Leadership Naval battles Official Records Partisan rangers POW camps Rations Signal Corps Turning point Union corps badges U.S. Balloon Corps U.S. Home Guard U.S. Military Railroad


Committee on the Conduct of the War Confederate States Presidential Election of 1861 Confiscation Act of 1861 Confiscation Act of 1862 Copperheads Emancipation Proclamation Habeas Corpus Act of 1863 Hampton Roads Conference National Union Party Radical Republicans Trent Affair Union leagues U.S. Presidential Election of 1864 War Democrats

Other topics

Bibliography Confederate war finance

Confederate States dollar


Confederate Secret Service

Great Revival of 1863 Music Naming the war Native Americans

Cherokee Choctaw

New York City Gold Hoax of 1864 New York City Riot of 1863 Photographers Richmond Riot of 1863 Sexuality Supreme Court cases Tokens U.S. Sanitary Commission

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Civil rights movement

Notable events (timeline)

Prior to 1954

Murder of Harry and Harriette Moore


Brown v. Board of Education

Bolling v. Sharpe Briggs v. Elliott Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County Gebhart v. Belton

White America, Inc. Sarah Keys v. Carolina Coach Company Emmett Till Montgomery bus boycott

Browder v. Gayle

Tallahassee bus boycott Mansfield school desegregation 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

"Give Us the Ballot"

Royal Ice Cream sit-in Little Rock Nine

National Guard blockade

Civil Rights Act of 1957 Kissing Case Biloxi wade-ins


Greensboro sit-ins Nashville sit-ins Sit-in movement Civil Rights Act of 1960 Gomillion v. Lightfoot Boynton v. Virginia Rock Hill sit-ins Robert F. Kennedy's Law Day Address Freedom Rides


Garner v. Louisiana Albany Movement University of Chicago sit-ins "Second Emancipation Proclamation" Meredith enrollment, Ole Miss riot "Segregation now, segregation forever"

Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

1963 Birmingham campaign

Letter from Birmingham Jail Children's Crusade Birmingham riot 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

John F. Kennedy's Report to the American People on Civil Rights March on Washington

"I Have a Dream"

St. Augustine movement


Twenty-fourth Amendment Bloody Tuesday Freedom Summer

workers' murders

Civil Rights Act of 1964 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches

"How Long, Not Long"

Voting Rights Act of 1965 Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections March Against Fear White House Conference on Civil Rights Chicago Freedom Movement/Chicago open housing movement Memphis sanitation strike King assassination

funeral riots

Poor People's Campaign Civil Rights Act of 1968 Green v. County School Board of New Kent County

Activist groups

Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Atlanta Student Movement Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Congress of Racial Equality
Congress of Racial Equality
(CORE) Committee on Appeal for Human Rights Council for United Civil Rights Leadership Dallas County Voters League Deacons for Defense and Justice Georgia Council on Human Relations Highlander Folk School Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Montgomery Improvement Association Nashville Student Movement NAACP

Youth Council

Northern Student Movement National Council of Negro Women National Urban League Operation Breadbasket Regional Council of Negro Leadership Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) Southern Regional Council Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC) The Freedom Singers Wednesdays in Mississippi Women's Political Council


Ralph Abernathy Victoria Gray Adams Zev Aelony Mathew Ahmann William G. Anderson Gwendolyn Armstrong Arnold Aronson Ella Baker Marion Barry Daisy Bates Harry Belafonte James Bevel Claude Black Gloria Blackwell Randolph Blackwell Unita Blackwell Ezell Blair Jr. Joanne Bland Julian Bond Joseph E. Boone William Holmes Borders Amelia Boynton Raylawni Branch Ruby Bridges Aurelia Browder H. Rap Brown Guy Carawan Stokely Carmichael Johnnie Carr James Chaney J. L. Chestnut Colia Lafayette Clark Ramsey Clark Septima Clark Xernona Clayton Eldridge Cleaver Kathleen Cleaver Charles E. Cobb Jr. Annie Lee Cooper Dorothy Cotton Claudette Colvin Vernon Dahmer Jonathan Daniels Joseph DeLaine Dave Dennis Annie Devine Patricia Stephens Due Joseph Ellwanger Charles Evers Medgar Evers Myrlie Evers-Williams Chuck Fager James Farmer Walter E. Fauntroy James Forman Marie Foster Golden Frinks Andrew Goodman Fred Gray Jack Greenberg Dick Gregory Lawrence Guyot Prathia Hall Fannie Lou Hamer William E. Harbour Vincent Harding Dorothy Height Lola Hendricks Aaron Henry Oliver Hill Donald L. Hollowell James Hood Myles Horton Zilphia Horton T. R. M. Howard Ruby Hurley Jesse Jackson Jimmie Lee Jackson Richie Jean Jackson T. J. Jemison Esau Jenkins Barbara Rose Johns Vernon Johns Frank Minis Johnson Clarence Jones J. Charles Jones Matthew Jones Vernon Jordan Tom Kahn Clyde Kennard A. D. King C.B. King Coretta Scott King Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Sr. Bernard Lafayette James Lawson Bernard Lee Sanford R. Leigh Jim Letherer Stanley Levison John Lewis Viola Liuzzo Z. Alexander Looby Joseph Lowery Clara Luper Malcolm X Mae Mallory Vivian Malone Thurgood Marshall Benjamin Mays Franklin McCain Charles McDew Ralph McGill Floyd McKissick Joseph McNeil James Meredith William Ming Jack Minnis Amzie Moore Douglas E. Moore Harriette Moore Harry T. Moore William Lewis Moore Irene Morgan Bob Moses William Moyer Elijah Muhammad Diane Nash Charles Neblett Edgar Nixon Jack O'Dell James Orange Rosa Parks James Peck Charles Person Homer Plessy Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Fay Bellamy Powell Al Raby Lincoln Ragsdale A. Philip Randolph George Raymond Jr. Bernice Johnson Reagon Cordell Reagon James Reeb Frederick D. Reese Gloria Richardson David Richmond Bernice Robinson Jo Ann Robinson Bayard Rustin Bernie Sanders Michael Schwerner Cleveland Sellers Charles Sherrod Alexander D. Shimkin Fred Shuttlesworth Modjeska Monteith Simkins Glenn E. Smiley A. Maceo Smith Kelly Miller Smith Mary Louise Smith Maxine Smith Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson Charles Kenzie Steele Hank Thomas Dorothy Tillman A. P. Tureaud Hartman Turnbow Albert Turner C. T. Vivian Wyatt Tee Walker Hollis Watkins Walter Francis White Roy Wilkins Hosea Williams Kale Williams Robert F. Williams Andrew Young Whitney Young Sammy Younge Jr. James Zwerg




Sermon on the Mount Mahatma Gandhi

Ahimsa Satyagraha

The Kingdom of God Is Within You Frederick Douglass W. E. B. Du Bois Mary McLeod Bethune


Jim Crow laws Plessy v. Ferguson

Separate but equal

Buchanan v. Warley Hocutt v. Wilson Sweatt v. Painter Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States Katzenbach v. McClung Loving v. Virginia Fifth Circuit Four Brown Chapel Holt Street Baptist Church Edmund Pettus Bridge March on Washington Movement African-American
churches attacked Journey of Reconciliation Freedom Songs

"Kumbaya" "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" "Oh, Freedom" "This Little Light of Mine" "We Shall Not Be Moved" "We Shall Overcome"

Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam

"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence"

Watts riots Voter Education Project 1960s counterculture In popular culture

King Memorial Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument Freedom Riders
Freedom Riders
National Monument Civil Rights Memorial

Noted historians

Taylor Branch Clayborne Carson John Dittmer Michael Eric Dyson Chuck Fager Adam Fairclough David Garrow David Halberstam Vincent Harding Steven F. Lawson Doug McAdam Diane McWhorter Charles M. Payne Timothy Tyson Akinyele Umoja Movement photographers

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(1868 ←) United States presidential election, 1872
United States presidential election, 1872
(1876 →)

Republican Party Convention


Ulysses S. Grant

VP nominee

Henry Wilson

Liberal Republican Party


Horace Greeley

VP nominee

Benjamin G. Brown


Charles F. Adams Lyman Trumbull Benjamin G. Brown David Davis Andrew Curtin Salmon P. Chase

Democratic Party Convention


Horace Greeley

VP nominee

Benjamin G. Brown


Jeremiah S. Black James A. Bayard William S. Groesbeck

Third party and independent candidates

Labor Reform Party


David Davis

VP nominee

Joel Parker


Charles O'Conor
Charles O'Conor
(declined nomination)

People's (Equal Rights) Party


Victoria Woodhull

VP nominee

Frederick Douglass

Other 1872 elections: House Senate

Authority control

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