Frederick Douglass accomplished a number of things including teaching about anti-slavery while touring Europe, teaching about the rights of women everywhere in the United States and convincing President Abraham Lincoln to recruit African-Americans to be part of the military during the Civil War. His tour to Europe and his message of anti-slavery put pressure on the government of the U.S. to change its policy concerning the standing of African-American citizens.Continue Reading
Douglass was born in 1818 in Holmes Hill Farm in Maryland. His mother, Harriet Bailey, was a slave, and his supposed father, Aaron Anthony, was a white man who eventually became his master. He started living with his grandmother at a young age after being separated from his mother. Soon after, he was separated from his grandmother to work in a plantation.
At the Wye House plantation, Douglass attended to minor errands under Aaron Anthony. Soon after, Douglass was relocated to Baltimore to work under Hugh Auld. During this time, Sophia Auld, Hugh's wife, began teaching Douglass how to read. Even though Hugh Auld put an end to Douglass's lessons, Douglass continued learning by himself, fostering an interest in human rights and religion.
Finally, in 1838, after years of physical and psychological abuse and several failed attempts to escape, Douglass managed to break free from slavery and left for New York City.Learn more about US History