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Frederick Douglass
b. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey
(1817-1895)

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To those who have suffered in slavery
I can say I, too, have suffered.
To those who have battled for liberty, brotherhood and citizenship
I can say I, too, have battled.

Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist, Writer, and Orator
 

USA 1967. Realism/Naturalism. Literature. Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglas is the most famous African American of the 19th Century.  His life spanned nearly eighty years, from the time that slavery was universal in American states to the time it was becoming a memory. 

Douglass freed himself from slavery, and through decades of tireless efforts he helped to free millions more.  His life was a testament to courage and persistence that continues to serve as an inspiration to those who struggle in the cause of liberty and justice. 

  • USA 1967. Frederick Douglass. The stamp is used, and considerably enlarged. 

  • Painting of Frederick Douglass.  

USA 1967. Realism/Naturalism. Literature. Painting of Frederick Douglass

In 1845, he published The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an autobiography that revealed his master's identity and threatened the former slave's freedom. He fled to England that same year, where his stirring antislavery oratory motivated British friends to raise enough money to buy his freedom. 

Douglas returned to America in 1847 and founded an antislavery newspaper, the North Star, in Rochester, New York. During the Civil War, he helped recruit blacks for the Union Army and met with President Abraham Lincoln on several occasions to discuss the problems of slavery.

USA 1995. Realism/Naturalism. Literature. Frederick Douglass. First Day Cover.

Frederick Douglass lived and worked in Rochester, NY, for most of his public career.  After the close of the Civil War he moved to Washington DC to publish a New National Era, to carry on his work on behalf of African Americans. He served Washington in many ways, in international affairs, in the Council of Government for the District of Columbia, and finally as US Marshal for the District.  In 1877 he purchased the home which he named Cedar Hill, the location of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Sources and links: 

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
1411 W Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020-4813
(202) 426-5961

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