Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an escaped slave from Maryland. He was an author, editor, diplomat, suffragist, and a national leader of the abolitionist movement.
Orator & writer
A brilliant orator Northerners had a hard time imaging that he had once been a slave. This inspired him to write his first autobiography which became a best seller.
Douglass supported women’s suffrage, though he played a large part in the ratification of the 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment and the 15th Amendment to the Constitution.
- The 13th Amendment outlaws slavery.
- The 14th Amendment provides citizenship and equal protection under the law.
- The 15th Amendment protects all citizens from racial discrimination in voting.
Vice Presidential nominee
Frederick Douglass was the first African American to be nominated for vice president.
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