The autobiography of the former slave who became an advisor to Presidents.
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass , first published in , records Douglass' efforts to keep alive the struggle for racial equality in the years following the Civil War. Now a socially and politically prominent figure, he looks back, with a mixture of pride and bitterness; on the triumphs and humiliations of a unique public career.
Extracted from the North Star , September 8, D75 A25 In the Words of Frederick Douglass is a rich trove of quotations from Douglass. The editors have compiled nearly seven hundred quotations by Douglass that demonstrate the breadth and strength of his intellect as well as the eloquence with which he expressed his political and ethical principles. See book trailer. Douglass' strongly held views in support of absolute equality for women are well represented by a collection of speeches, some previously published in journals and others taken directly from manuscripts at the Library of Congress.
Dx One of the greatest African American leaders and one of the most brilliant minds of his time, Frederick Douglass spoke and wrote with unsurpassed eloquence on almost all the major issues confronting the American people during this life -- from the abolition of slavery to women's rights, from the Civil War to lynching, from American patriotism to black nationalism.
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But no substantial one-volume collection of his speeches and writings has ever been published before now. Between and , Philip S Foner collected the most important of Douglass's hundreds of speeches, letters, articles and editorials into an impressive five-volume set, now long out of print. Abridged, adapted, and supplemented with several important texts that Foner did not include, Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings presents the most significant, insightful, and elegant short works of Douglass's massive oeuvre.
Collects in one volume the most outstanding and representative works from Frederick Douglass's fifty year writing career, including the classic texts Narrative of the Life of an American Slave , and The Heroic Slave in their entirety, as well as notable examples of Douglass's journalism, oratory, and fiction. Offers the most complete, diverse, and personally revealing account available of nineteenth-century black America's most celebrated writer.
He read newspapers avidly and sought out political writing and literature as much as possible. In later years, Douglass credited The Columbian Orator with clarifying and defining his views on human rights. Douglass shared his newfound knowledge with other enslaved people.
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Hired out to William Freeland, he taught other slaves on the plantation to read the New Testament at a weekly church service. Interest was so great that in any week, more than 40 slaves would attend lessons. Although Freeland did not interfere with the lessons, other local slave owners were less understanding.
Armed with clubs and stones, they dispersed the congregation permanently. With Douglass moving between the Aulds, he was later made to work for Edward Covey, who had a reputation as a "slave-breaker.
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Eventually, however, Douglass fought back, in a scene rendered powerfully in his first autobiography. After losing a physical confrontation with Douglass, Covey never beat him again. Douglass tried to escape from slavery twice before he finally succeeded. Douglass married Anna Murray, a free black woman, on September 15, Douglass had fallen in love with Murray, who assisted him in his final attempt to escape slavery in Baltimore.
Murray had provided him with some of her savings and a sailor's uniform.
He carried identification papers obtained from a free black seaman. Douglass made his way to the safe house of abolitionist David Ruggles in New York in less than 24 hours. Anna and Frederick then settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, which had a thriving free black community. There they adopted Douglass as their married name. Charles and Rosetta assisted their father in the production of his newspaper The North Star.
Anna remained a loyal supporter of Frederick's public work, despite marital strife caused by his relationships with several other women. Pitts was the daughter of Gideon Pitts Jr. Their marriage caused considerable controversy, since Pitts was white and nearly 20 years younger than Douglass. Nonetheless, Douglass and Pitts remained married until his death 11 years later. After settling as a free man with his wife Anna in New Bedford in , Douglass was eventually asked to tell his story at abolitionist meetings, and he became a regular anti-slavery lecturer.
Several days after the story ran, Douglass delivered his first speech at the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society's annual convention in Nantucket.
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Crowds were not always hospitable to Douglass. While participating in an lecture tour through the Midwest, Douglass was chased and beaten by an angry mob before being rescued by a local Quaker family.
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Following the publication of his first autobiography in , Douglass traveled overseas to evade recapture. He set sail for Liverpool on August 16, , and eventually arrived in Ireland as the Potato Famine was beginning. He remained in Ireland and Britain for two years, speaking to large crowds on the evils of slavery.
In , the famed writer and orator returned to the United States a free man.
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In New Bedford, Massachusetts, Douglass joined a black church and regularly attended abolitionist meetings. At the urging of Garrison, Douglass wrote and published his first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave , in The book was a bestseller in the United States and was translated into several European languages. Douglass published three versions of his autobiography during his lifetime, revising and expanding on his work each time. My Bondage and My Freedom appeared in Elizabeth Cady Stanton asked the assembly to pass a resolution stating the goal of women's suffrage.
Many attendees opposed the idea. Douglass, however, stood and spoke eloquently in favor, arguing that he could not accept the right to vote as a black man if women could not also claim that right.