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Frederick Douglass

New York

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Guided by his own experiences in bondage, Frederick Douglass became America’s leading African American abolitionist.

As a youth and after several failed escape attempts, Douglass the freedom seeker disguised himself as a sailor and headed northward. With the assistance of Underground Railroad operatives, Douglass reached New York and freedom.

Douglass became the leading voice on the abolitionist lecture circuit. In 1845 he published his remarkable autobiography.

As an important stationmaster on the Underground Railroad he directly helped hundreds of freedom seekers on their way to freedom through his adopted hometown of Rochester, New York. As a publisher, Douglass’s North Star and Frederick Douglass’s Paper brought news of abolitionist activities to thousands of antislavery advocates.

During the Civil War, Douglass repeatedly urged President Lincoln to allow free African Americans to serve in Union armies; he was ultimately successful.

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