WHO: Frederick Douglass
WHAT: Abolitionist whose autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, tells the story of his life as a slave
WHEN: Circa February 1817-February 20, 1895
WHERE: Born in Tuckahoe, Maryland; died in Anacosta Heights, Maryland
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words: "A shortened version of Douglass' autobiography describing the early life of the slave who became an abolitionist, journalist, and statesman."
Slave Narratives, feat. Douglass and 9 others: "Presents ten slave narratives that provide insight into the cruelty and degradation of the slave system; and includes a chronology of events, biographical and explanatory notes, and an essay on the texts."
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
“A smile or a tear has not nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man.”