Today in History: Frederick Douglass Was The Only Male to Play A Prominent Role, at the First Woman’s Rights Convention

Frederick Douglass

On this day in 1848, Frederick Douglass was the only male to play a prominent role, at the first Woman’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls, New York.

He seconded the woman’s suffrage motion introduced by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Douglass was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman, who after escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing.

He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that, slaves did not have the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.

Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.

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