Frederick douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker he became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery.
Douglass was in his 30s when he spoke in rochester's corinthian hall, and seven years earlier had published the best-selling narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, an. Over 175 years after the escape of frederick douglass from slavery, look back at how the famed abolitionist became a free man.
Frederick douglass (born frederick augustus washington bailey c february 1818 – february 20, 1895) was an american social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesmanafter escaping from slavery in maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in massachusetts and new york, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Frederick douglass ap context here is important: just two years prior, congress had passed the fugitive slave act as part of the final provisions of the compromise of 1850. Frederick douglass was born into slavery in maryland in 1818 and would never know his exact birth date he was separated from his mother at an early age and had little knowledge of his father he.
At the urging of garrison, douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, narrative of the life of frederick douglass, an american slave, in 1845 the book was a best-seller in the united. Narrative of the life of frederick douglass is an 1845 memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and former slave frederick douglass during his time in lynn, massachusetts it is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives written by former slaves during the same period.
On the fourth of july, 1852, america celebrated its freedom, as it does every independence day frederick douglass, america’s most famous anti-slavery activist and fugitive slave, saw no ground.