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The Development of the American Character

Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Short Description

Douglass, a former slave who escaped to the North, was mobbed and beaten because of his abolitionist views. He described his experiences in the outspoken Life of Frederick Douglass. After a two-year stay in Great Britain, where he earned enough money to buy his freedom, he founded The North Star, a newspaper he published for 17 years.

Remnant Trust Description

American abolitionist, orator, and journalist. The son of a slave and a white father, Douglass escaped to the North in 1838. A speech he delivered at an antislavery convention in Nantucket in 1841 made such an impression that he was soon in great demand as a speaker. Mobbed and beaten because of his views, he described his experiences in an outspoken Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. After a two-year stay in Great Britain, where he earned enough money to buy his freedom, he founded The North Star, a newspaper he published for seventeen years, advocating the use of black troops during the Civil War and civil rights for freedom.