President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have.
His mother, Harriet Bailey, was a field slave from whom he was separated during his infancy.
Douglass only saw his mother four or five times thereafter and for only a few hours each time. She had been sold to a man who lived twelve miles from where Douglass lived, and to see her son required that after her day's work in the field she walk the twelve Frederick douglass learning to read, visit with him for a short time during the night, walk the twelve miles back to her home, and work a second day in the fields without rest.
She died when Douglass was about seven. Douglass never knew for certain whom his father was. He did know that his father was white, and he believed he was his master, Aaron Anthony. Sent to live with Hugh Auld family in Baltimore. Asks Sophia Auld to teach him his letters. Hugh Auld stops the lessons because he feels that learning makes slaves discontented and rebellious.
Hired Out to Edward Covey, a "slave breaker", to break his spirit and make him accept slavery. Tries to escape from slavery, but his plot is discovered.
Works in Baltimore shipyards as a caulker. Falls in love with Anna Murray, a free Negro daughter of slaves. Douglass escapes from slavery and goes to New York City. Doughter Rosetta - is born. Frederick subscribes to William Garrison's The Liberator.
Anna Murray Douglass Son Lewis Henry - is born. Speaks at a meeting of the Bristol Anti-Slavery Society, and subsequently, at the urging of William Lloyd Garrison, Douglass became a lecturer for the American Anti-Slavery Society and travels widely in the East and Midwest lecturing against slavery and campaigning for rights of free Blacks.
Son Frederick Douglass, Jr.
Organized by Abner A. Frances, Henry Moxley seethe Charles L. Reason the first Black math professor at a white collegeand others, a National Convention of Colored Men was held in Buffalo to find ways to end slavery.
The keynote speaker, Samuel H. Davis of Buffalo, called on northern Blacks to take part in the great battle for our rights in common with other citizens of the United States.
Meeting in Buffalo around the same time was the abolitionist National Convention of the Liberty Party. Frederick Douglass attended both conventions.
For nearly a week I spoke every day in this old post office to audiences increasing in numbers and respectibility til the [Michigan Avenue] Baptist church was thrown open to me. When this became too small I went on Sunday into the open park and addressed an assembly of 4, persons.
Son Charles Remond - is born. Publishes the first of three autobiographies: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: To escape recapture following publication, goes to England lecturing on the American anti-slavery movement throughout the British Isles. Becomes legally free when British supporters purchase his freedom from Hugh Auld, his former master.
Anthony's very active women's movement, moved their family 8 year old Rosetta, 7 year old Lewis, 5 year old Frederick, and 3 year old Charles to Rochester New York. Even their prejudice forced the Douglass' children to be educated elsewhere. The presence of Frederick Douglass, a famous ex-slave who became a prominent abolitionist, publisher and spokesman against slavery, helped to enhance Rochester's reputation as a liberal minded city.
In fact, Douglass used his own Rochester home as one of the stops used for fugitive slaves. Delany moves from Pittsburgh to Rochester in order to found with and work with Frederick Douglass and William Cooper Nell on a new paper, North Star, printed in the basement of Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion church, a flourishing center for "underground" activities.
Some local citizens were unhappy that their town was the site of a black newspaper, and the New York Herald urged the citizens of Rochester to dump Douglass's printing press into Lake Ontario.
Gradually, Rochester came to take pride in the North Star and its bold editor.And a messy, snowy rainy, bleak day it is out there, beloved patrons!
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timeline of Frederick Douglass and family. (Exact date unknown) Frederick Douglass is born as Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave at Holme Hill Farm, Talbot County, Maryland. Independence Day Speech at Rochester, Frederick Douglass (A former slave himself, he became a leader in the 19th Century Abolitionist Movement).
In “Learning to Read” an excerpt from his autobiography, Frederick Douglass writes about the steps he took to learn to read and write. He shows all the steps in this excerpt. He was a slave in a house; he didn’t have any opportunity to go to school or get any educations but the mistress in the house helped him and taught him the alphabet.
Douglass 1 Frederick Douglass “Learning to Read and Write” (Chapters from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave) Biography of Douglass CHAPTER VI My new mistress proved to be all she appeared when I first met her at the door,—a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings.
In the excerpt “Learning to Read and Write,” Frederick Douglass uses an empathic tone, elevated diction, imagery, and telling details to convince a white American audience from the s of the humanity and intelligence of enslaved Africans and the evils of slavery.