Frederick Douglass

Sunrise February 1818 into slavery born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, sunset February 20, 1895. Sorry, Mr. Trump, he is not alive, but we are glad you know about him.

He published several autobiographies. His first two autobiographies, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” (1845) and “My Bondage and My Freedom” (1855), were bestsellers.

He was widely acknowledged as a great orator.

He was the most photographed American of the 19th century

The Washington Post said: “Frederick Douglass was one of the great men of the century.”

The Chicago Tribune said: “No man, black or white, has been better known for nearly half a century in this country, than Frederick Douglass.”

He was the first African American nominated for Vice-President of the United States.

His advise to a young black man: “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate1”

He chose to celebrate his birthday on 2/14 stating: “I have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it.”

He took the surname Douglass after he escaped from slavery.


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