Abolitionist Frederick Douglass History
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Abraham Lincoln referred to Frederick Douglass as "the most meritorious man of
the nineteenth century."
|Honorable Frederick Douglass
|Honorable Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass has been referred to as the father of the civil rights movement. He
rose through determination, brilliance, and eloquence to shape the American nation. He was an abolitionist, human rights and
women's rights activist, orator, author, journalist, publisher, and social reformer.
Committed to freedom, Douglass dedicated his life to achieving
justice for all Americans, in particular African-Americans, women, and minority groups. He envisioned America as an inclusive
nation strengthened by diversity and free of discrimination.
Douglass even served as advisor to presidents. In his later years, he
was appointed to several offices. He served as U.S. Marshal of the District of Columbia during Rutherford B. Hayes' administration
and President James Garfield appointed him the District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds. In 1889, President Benjamin Harrison
appointed him to be the U.S. Minister to Haiti. He was later appointed by President Grant to serve as secretary of the commission
of Santo Domingo. Douglass had hoped that his appointments would open doors for other African-Americans, but it was many years
before they would follow in his footsteps. "His accomplishments and achievements endure..."
The "Frederick Douglass homepage" includes the following
resources for the Honorable Frederick Douglass: History, Biography, Essay, Summary, Timeline, Overview, and Speeches.
The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (Barnes & Noble Classics Series).
Description: No book except perhaps Uncle Tom’s Cabin had as powerful an impact on the abolitionist movement as Narrative
of the Life of Frederick Douglass. But while Stowe wrote about imaginary characters, Douglass’s book is a record of
his own remarkable life: a powerful biography. Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland,
Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping to the North, he published Narrative, the first
of three autobiographies. Continued below...
This book calmly but dramatically
recounts the horrors and the accomplishments of his early years—the daily, casual brutality of the white masters; his
painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die; and his harrowing but successful escape. An astonishing
orator and a skillful writer, Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist, and an eloquent spokesperson for the
civil rights of African Americans. He lived through the Civil War, the end of slavery, and the beginning of segregation. He
was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his day...and his story still resonates. Narrative of
Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, by Frederick Douglass, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers
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each reader's understanding of these enduring works. AWARDED 5 STARS by americancivilwarhistory.org
Recommended Reading: Frederick Douglass : Autobiographies : Narrative
of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
(Library of America) (Hardcover: 1100 pages). Review From Library Journal: Douglass (1818-95), a former slave, rose to become
an abolitionist, writer, and orator. In this collection of his autobiographical writings, edited by Gates (humanities, Harvard Univ.), he
gives an extensive overview of his life. The work includes Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
(1845); My Bondage and My Freedom (1855); and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881). Continued below...
In Narrative, Douglass comments on his birth, his parentage, his two masters, and the brutality of slavery
he witnessed. In Bondage, he reflects on his childhood, life on the plantation, and his runaway plot. Life and Times concludes
the trilogy: it covers his early life as a slave, his escape from bondage, and his connection with the antislavery movement.
This massive volume containing Douglass's seminal works is highly recommended for black history collections.
Recommended Reading: The
Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics. Review From Publishers Weekly: The perennial
tension between principle and pragmatism in politics frames this engaging account of two Civil War Era icons. Historian Oakes
(Slavery and Freedom) charts the course by which Douglass and Lincoln, initially far apart on the antislavery spectrum, gravitated
toward each other. Lincoln began as a moderate who advocated banning slavery in the territories while tolerating it in the
South, rejected social equality for blacks and wanted to send freedmen overseas—and wound up abolishing slavery outright
and increasingly supporting black voting rights. Conversely, the abolitionist firebrand Douglass moved from an impatient,
self-marginalizing moral rectitude to a recognition of compromise, coalition building and incremental goals as necessary steps
forward in a democracy. Continued below...
views on race were essentially modern; the book is really a study through his eyes of the more complex figure of Lincoln.
Oakes lucidly explores how political realities and military necessity influenced Lincoln's
tortuous path to emancipation, and asks whether his often bigoted pronouncements represented real conviction or strategic
concessions to white racism. As Douglass shifts from denouncing Lincoln's foot-dragging to
revering his achievements, Oakes vividly conveys both the immense distance America
traveled to arrive at a more enlightened place and the fraught politics that brought it there. AWARDED FIVE STARS by americancivilwarhistory.org
Recommended Reading: The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (Dover
Value Editions). Description: Raised as a plantation slave, Douglass went on to become a writer, orator, and major participant
in the struggle for African-American freedom and equality. In this engrossing narrative he recounts early years of abuse;
his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom, abolitionist campaigns, and his crusade for full civil rights for former
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself
(Enriched Classics) (Mass Market Paperback). Description: Frederick Douglass's powerful autobiographical account of life in
bondage and his triumphant escape to freedom. EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives readers
important background information; A chronology of the author's life and work; A timeline of significant events that provides
the book's historical context; An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations; Detailed
explanatory notes; Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work; Discussion questions to
promote lively classroom and book group interaction; A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's
experience. Continued below…
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Recommended Reading: Douglass: Autobiographies
(Library of America College
Editions). Description: Frederick Douglass, born a slave, educated himself, escaped, and made himself one of the greatest
leaders in American history. His brilliant anti-slavery speeches were so fiercely intelligent, and so startlingly eloquent,
that many people didn't believe he had been a slave. To prove them wrong, Douglass decided to write his own story. His autobiographical
narratives stunned the world, and have shocked, moved, and inspired readers ever since. Continued below...
Here, complete for the first time in one authoritative volume, are the three powerful and gripping stories,
now recognized as classics of American writing. Fascinating firsthand accounts of slavery and abolitionism, John Brown and
Abraham Lincoln, Civil War, Reconstruction, and the emerging struggle for civil rights, they are above all the inspiring story
of a self-made American: a slave who became adviser to the President, minister to Haiti, and the most influential black
American of the nineteenth century.
Recommended Viewing: Biography - Frederick Douglass (A&E DVD
Archives). Description: Frederick Douglass, the self-taught orator, writer, and abolitionist who was born a slave in the South
and made a brave escape to the North, was in the words of one historian: "A major figure in the coming of the Civil War, and
the way the Civil War was fought. I think you can say he was the conscience of the nation." Douglass campaigned Lincoln to
free the slaves and allow African Americans to serve in the nation's army. Continued below...
An early proponent of women's rights, he campaigned for equal rights for all people and he served as America's
first African American statesman when he was appointed diplomat to Haiti. He continued his public-speaking engagements up
to his death in 1895 at the age of 78. The comments and analyses of numerous historians and excerpts from the writings and
speeches of Douglass present a man driven by a dream, and who worked to make that dream a reality to the end of his days.
With no contemporaries alive to comment on the private man, and only brief autobiographical excerpts included from his own
works, this portrait tends to simplify the controversies of his life (his second marriage to a white woman rocked even the
"liberal" North) and deify the man, but few Americans deserve such tribute more than Frederick Douglass.