359. Frederick Douglass: From Slave to Emancipator
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot
, Maryland in 1818. His exact birth date was
to history. Many African slaves did not have
birth dates recorded into official records during that
period because they did not have basic human
. They were considered property owned by their white
. It was a dark time in the country.
Douglass helped change that.
It was illegal in
southern states to educate blacks at that time,
Douglass was fortunate enough to have been educated
the wife of his master, who began teaching
the alphabet when he was 12 years old.
continued his education on his own after that.
his new reading skills, Douglass began teaching other
slaves the New Testament. He had a sympathetic
, who did not see any harm in this
, but his neighbors did not see eye to
with him. It wasn't long before the lessons
, after violent measures were taken by the white
Douglass eventually escaped slavery, and settled in
state of Massachusetts, where he began his struggle
end slavery. Douglass became one of the most
people of his generation. He made powerful friends
the U.S. government. During one of his lecture
in 1843, Douglass was nearly beaten to death
an angry mob, who did not agree with
message of abolition. He fled the country on
couple of occasions to avoid being put into
state of slavery again. While in Europe, Douglass
to enthusiastic crowds on the evils of slavery.