Frederick Douglass

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Born the son of a slave woman and an unknown white man on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1818, Frederick Douglass experienced some of the harshest conditions of slavery. In 1838, he successfully escaped from bondage by boarding two trains and a steamship to New York. Seven years after his escape, Douglass published the first of his three autobiographies, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist, and a representative and spokesperson for the rights ...

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Born the son of a slave woman and an unknown white man on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1818, Frederick Douglass experienced some of the harshest conditions of slavery. In 1838, he successfully escaped from bondage by boarding two trains and a steamship to New York. Seven years after his escape, Douglass published the first of his three autobiographies, Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist, and a representative and spokesperson for the rights of African Americans. He believed in equal rights for all people and became recognized in the United States and abroad as a fighter for justice and equal opportunity for women and African Americans. To this day, Douglass is revered for his contributions to the struggle for human rights. Frederick Douglass is the story of a former slave who became a strong voice for the oppressed during one of the most turbulent times in our nation's history.

From ex-slaves and abolitionists to military leaders and presidents, Leaders of the Civil War Era presents a full picture of some of the most important figures who lived during this tumultuous time in U.S. history. Each volume is a key resource for students and general readers who want to know more about the people who shaped our country into what it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133066
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Leaders of the Civil War Era Series
  • Pages: 158
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Self-Made Man 7

2 "I Was Born in Tuckahoe" 15

3 How a Slave Was Made a Man 28

4 The Making of an Abolitionist 44

5 The Narrative 56

6 The Burned-over District 69

7 A Turbulent Decade 84

8 Recruiting for Freedom 100

9 The Cedar Hill Years 116

10 "The Beautiful, Needful Thing" 131

Chronology 137

Timeline 138

Glossary 142

Bibliography 144

Further Resources 149

Picture Credits 151

Index 152

About the Author 158

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