Timeline of Frederick Douglass' Life: Episodic Notes Style
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1818 : Frederick Douglass Was Born
1838 : Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery
1845-1846 : Frederick Douglass Writes a Book and Flees to England
Born in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey at birth. He was born on Holmes Hill Farm, already a slave, and having an unknown white father. His mother was Harriet Bailey, having seen her 4 to 5 times in his life before she passed away.
1861 : Frederick Douglass meets Lincoln
On September 3, 1838, Frederick Bailey escaped slavery, being only 20 years old. He changes his name to Frederick Douglass to hide from slave catchers. He gets married to Anna Murray the same year, and she passes away in 1882.
1884-1887 : Frederick Douglass Gets Married and Travels Around the World
On January 1st, 1845, Frederick Douglass writes his first book, which is an autobiography. He refers to his previous owners by name, and in fear that they would find him, he flees to England. A year after, in 1855, English admirers bought his freedom, and he returns to America.
1895 : Frederick Douglass Passes Away
Douglass, as he aids for the Union Cause, requests a meeting with President Lincoln to discuss a way to improve the treatment of African-American soldiers in the Civil War. He also attends Lincoln's second inauguration
On January 24, 1884, Frederick Douglass gets married to Helen Pitts. Many people living in his town went against the marriage, as Helen Pitts was a white woman, but got married anyway. They travel to England, France, Italy, Egypt and Greece in 1887.
On February 20, 1895 at Cedar Hill in Washington D.C., he dies of a heart attack after attending a women's rights meeting. His funeral was at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, but his coffin was buried Mount Hope Cemetery and is one of the most visited graves in the nation.
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