Frederick Douglass. From Slavery to Statesman by Henry Elliot PDF

By Henry Elliot

Born into slavery, Douglass grew to become an eloquent spokesperson for either blacks and womens rights. in the course of and after the Civil struggle, Douglass turned a confidant of presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Douglass additionally argued for African americans to be allowed to hitch the Union military within the struggle for his or her personal freedom.

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Lincoln did win. Within six months of his election, 11 southern states seceded from the United States and formed their own country, the Confederate States of America. On April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked a Union military facility at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, and the Civil War had begun. Douglass voted for Lincoln, but he had some issues to take up with the new president. First of all, Douglass wanted Lincoln to call for an immediate end to all slavery. Lincoln wanted to bring all the states back 45 Frederick Douglass into a single country.

Frederick, of course, was black. Helen was white. Theirs was the most high-profile interracial marriage of the era. Washington society was shocked. Helen’s family stopped speaking to her. Frederick’s children were angry. Frederick and Helen ignored all the criticism. ” After Frederick’s death, it was Helen who organized his papers and started what would become the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association. After a long tour of Europe in 1886–1887, Helen and Frederick returned to the Washington home.

The illustration above, from the 1881 illustrated edition of The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, shows the young slave, Frederick Bailey, first learning to read. The 1880 photograph shown right shows Frederick Douglass, the public official who would soon go on to become his country’s diplomat and statesman. His achievements in between—abolitionist, speaker, writer, publisher, businessman, and advisor to presidents—make his life remarkable, not just as an African American, but as an American.

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