The New Student's Reference Work/Douglass, Frederick

2681064The New Student's Reference Work — Douglass, Frederick

Douglass, Frederick, an American orator and journalist, once a slave, was born near
Easton, Md., about 1817. He ran away from his master in 1838, and took up his residence at New Bedford, Mass. In 1841 he began to lecture against slavery, and became well-known as an orator. In 1845 he published an account of his life, and later went to England, where he lectured eloquently against slavery to large audiences. In 1847 he published a journal at Rochester, N. Y. When the war broke out, he urged the employment of colored troops and helped to organize regiments of them. In 1870 he became editor of the New National Era at Washington. He was appointed minister to Haiti by President Harrison. See his Life and Times by himself. He died on Feb. 20, 1895.