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Douglass, Frederick

(b. ca. February, 1818; d. February 20, 1895) Former slave, political leader, and civil rights advocate.

Frederick Douglass, the foremost African-American political leader of the nineteenth century, was a lifelong advocate of freedom and civil rights for African Americans as well as a strong supporter of equal rights for women. Douglass's 1845 autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is the most renowned and widely read slave narrative as well as a classic work of American literature. His autobiography and his work as an abolitionist

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speaker and publisher contributed to the nation's debate over slavery and thus to the events that led to the Civil War (1861–1865).

Born a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Frederick Bailey was the son of Harriet Bailey, a slave of Captain Aaron Anthony who, according to rumor, may have been Frederick Bailey's father. In...

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