Lecture on Slavery

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Lecture on Slavery Frederick Bailey—original name. Douglass came from the name of a great Scottish fighter for liberty. He didn’t know his birthday, but he later figured out that he was probably born in 1818. He took February 14 as his birthday because his grandmother had always called him “My Little Valentine.” He escaped in 1838 by carrying false papers as a seaman, dressed in a sailor’s uniform. In 1837 he had met a free black woman in Baltimore, and he later married her. When he escaped, he went to New Bedford, a Quaker whaling village, very antislavery, and then moved to Rochester, New York. H published the narrative in 1845. Even after he escaped he was in danger of his owner coming North and reclaiming him, since under the laws then in force, owners could do that. Eventually anti-slavery supporters in England bought his freedom. He was at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848 and persuaded them to go for the vote. In 1872 he became the First African American nominated for Vice President, on the Equal Rights Party ticket with Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States. He served as Marshall of the District of Columbia and as representative of the United States government to Haiti and then to the Dominican Republic. He had five children and was an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 1
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In 1884 his first wife died and he married a white woman 20 years younger than he. She was the daughter of an abolitionist family and a dedicated feminist. Douglas was also very close to Ida Wells Barnett. SLAVERY When Frederick Douglass first began to speak at abolitionist gatherings, no one could believe his articulate presentation. Nor, at first, was his Narrative believed. This is a very harsh judgment of the institution of slavery, and I think that you will agree with me that he presents it as a closed and terrible institution. If there is any analogy to be
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