Frederick Douglass By: Deonte’ Moody Originally: Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey
Frederick Douglass • Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery February 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. • Frederick was a run away slave • He was a Civil Rights Activist
Fredrick Augustus Washington Bailey • At age 8, he was sent to Baltimore to work for one of his master’s relative. There, helped by the wife of his new master, he began to educate himself. • He later worked in a shipyard, where he caulked ships. • In 1838 he fled from his master and went to New Bedford, Massachusetts. • To avoid capture, he dropped his two middle names and changed his name to Douglass.
Douglass Accomplishments • In 1841 Massachusetts Antislavery Society hired him to lecture about his experiences as a slave. • In 1845 Douglass published his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. He feared that his identity would be revealed as a runaway slave he went to England. • In 1847 he returned back to US and founded an antislavery newspaper. • In 1855 he wrote My Bondage and My Freedom
Douglass as a Civil Rights Activist • Douglass home was station on the Underground Railroad System that helped runaway slaves reach freedom. • He help recruit African Americans for the Union Army during the American Civil War (1861 – 1865) • He was the first African American nominated for vice president of the U.S. 1872 • He served as recorder of deeds in District Columbia (1881 – 1886) • He also served as U.S. minister to Haiti (1889- 1891)
Douglass got a job as a caulker. Why did the other men refuse to work with him?