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Frederick Douglass :: counter - example to slaveholders


Frederick Douglass - counter-example to slaveholders'
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass ( born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895 ) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, becoming famous for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Accordingly, he was described by abolitionists in his time as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Likewise, Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.