Quotes by Frederick Douglass

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."

"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."

"Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."


Books by Frederick Douglass

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
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  • December 1st 2009 by Fine Editions Press

    (first published 1851)

Frederick Douglass
  • Frederick Douglass

  • Date of birth: February 14, 1818
  • Died: February 20, 1895
  • Born: in Talbot County, Maryland, The United States.

  • Description: Frederick Douglass (né Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) was born a slave in the state of Maryland in 1818. After his escape from slavery, Douglass became a renowned abolitionist, editor and feminist. Having escaped from slavery at age 20, he took the name Frederick Douglass for himself and became an advocate of abolition. Douglass traveled widely, and often perilously, to lecture against slavery.

    His first of three autobiographies, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, was published in 1845. In 1847 he moved to Rochester, New York, and started working with fellow abolitionist Martin R. Delany to publish a weekly anti-slavery newspaper, North Star. Douglass was the only man to speak in favor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's controversial plank of woman suffrage at the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. As a signer of the Declaration of Sentiments, Douglass also promoted woman suffrage in his North Star. Douglass and Stanton remained lifelong friends. In 1870 Douglass launched The New National Era out of Washington, D.C. He was nominated for vice-president by the Equal Rights Party to run with Victoria Woodhull as presidential candidate in 1872. He became U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia in 1877, and was later appointed minister resident and consul-general to Haiti. His District of Columbia home is a national historic site. D. 1895.More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic...http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p1...http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/exhi...http://www.loc.gov/collection/frederi...http://www.nps.gov/frdo/index.htmhttp://www.cr.nps.gov/museum/exhibits...