Frederick Douglass

Updated: 6/29/2020
Frederick Douglass

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  • Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818. He was born in a cabin. Only his grandmother, Betsy, looked after him for the first 6 years of his life. 
  • Douglass worked at a plantation farm for the next 14 years. He tried to escape and managed to on his 3rd attempt.
  • He ended up in Massachusetts, in New Bedford, in a small, free black community. This was central to the abolitionist movement. He found work, joined a church and began to speak out against slavery.
  • He caught the eye of white abolitionists. They needed black people to use their voices and tell their story to help make a difference.
  • In 1841, when Douglass was only 23, he went to an anti-slavery convention. The main guy listening was William Lloyd Garrison. He was very impressed with what Douglass said.
  • He was hired and joined the anti-slavery society. He lectured all around America. He helped make a big difference.