Today in History: Possible Birthday of Frederick Douglass


Frederick Douglass

On this day of 1817, Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and orator was born into slavery.

He purchased his freedom in 1845 and went on to become the greatest abolitionist of his time.

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.

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