What is possible for me is possible for you. ~ Frederick Douglass For the inspiration of Frederick Douglass,
we give thanks! Frederick Douglass sought to embody
three keys for success in life:
Believe in yourself.
Take advantage of every opportunity.
Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave, abolitionist, journalist, public servant, & champion of racial and gender equality.
[A] woman should have every honorable motive to exertion which is enjoyed by man,
to the full extent of her capacities and endowments. The case is too plain for argument. Nature has given woman the same powers, and subjected her to the same earth, breathes the same air, subsists on the same food, physical, moral, mental and spiritual. She has, therefore, an equal right with man, in all efforts to obtain and maintain a perfect existence. ~ Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in February, 1818 in Maryland. Separated from his mother, he was raised by his grandmother until he was six. He was then taken elsewhere on the plantation to work as a slave. At around age eight, he was taken to Baltimore to live as a houseboy with Hugh and Sophia Auld, relatives of his master. There, his new mistress taught him the alphabet. When her husband forbade her to continue her instruction, because it was unlawful to teach slaves how to read, Frederick took it upon himself to learn. He gave away his food to the neighborhood boys in exchange for lessons in reading and writing. At about the age of twelve or thirteen Douglass purchased a copy of The Columbian Orator, a popular schoolbook of the time, which helped him grasp the power of the spoken and the written word. Douglass endured many of the horrors of slavery & escaped at about age 20 by pretending to be a sailor. He wrote a book about his life as a slave & after it was published, he hid in Europe speaking & writing to make the money to buy his freedom back in the states. When he returned, he was a powerful force to abolish slavery & for the rights of women. His newspaper, The North Star was an anti-slavery publication based in Rochester, New York. He was married twice & had five children with his first wife. His 2nd wife was white & 20 years younger than he. He wrote a total of 3 autobiographies.
Frederick Douglass was internationally recognized as an uncompromising abolitionist,
untiring worker for justice and equal opportunity, and an unyielding defender of women's rights. He became a trusted advisor to Abraham Lincoln, United States Marshal for the District of Columbia, Recorder of Deeds for Washington, D.C., and Minister-General to the Republic of Haiti.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
~ Frederick Douglass One and God make a majority. ~ Frederick Douglass
~ And Frederick Douglass said:
-Believe in yourself-
I took advantage of the knowledge of the alphabet Miss Sophia
gave me and I went to my neighborhood friends, and with their help I learned how to read.
-Take advantage of every opportunity-
Learning the alphabet gave me the key to reading; I took that key and,
with a little help from my friends, learned how to read, thus becoming a free man in my mind.
-Use the power of language to effect permanent positive change-
Through my many speeches about justice, and through my newspaper and other writings,
I discovered that the power of the word is the best means to bring about permanent positive changes, both for myself and others.
Here is a short biographical narrative of Frederick Douglass:
Audio Book Reading of:
"Narrative of Frederick Douglass"
From The YouTube Listing of the partial reading: "After publication, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass quickly became a best seller and within three years there were over 11,000 copies published in the United States, had been reprinted nine times and had been translated into two languages (Dutch and French). The book was so well written that some argued that an ex-slave could not be as articulate as Frederick Douglass demonstrated himself to be. Of course, Douglass did write the book and it stands today as a monument to the human spirit and what may be achieved with hard work no matter where in society somebody may begin.
Frederick Douglass had to leave the United States and flee to Ireland for a period after the books publication and its immediate success for some believed that Douglas' ex-owner Hugh Auld might try to get his "property" returned. After two years he was able to return to the United States after his freedom was purchased for $710 from Auld."
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