Frederick Douglass Short Biography

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Frederick Douglass was born in Tuckahoe Maryland. He was originally named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, to Harriet Bailey in 1818. His exact birth day is undetermined and in question, because slaves did not know their actual birth dates since they could not read. Based upon historical scholars it is stated by many that he was born on Feb, 1817 or 1818. His father was said to be his slave master, a white man named Aaron Anthony, he only got to see his mother a few times since he was taken from her, she died when he was 7. He was then given to his grandmother Betsy Bailey to raise him. When he was six years old he was sent to live with Hugh and Sophie Auld, in which they had a son Tommy Auld where him and Douglass became companions…show more content…
His attempt on September,03,1838 at the age of 20 to leave from slavery was successful due to his help from his soon to be wife Anna Marie Murray. He was given sailor papers and uniform by a friend or Anna and then took a train to Wilmington Delaware, a steam boat to Philadelphia, which was a free slave state. Douglas then joins Anna in New York and on September 15, 1838 and they were married by a black Presbyterian minister. They traveled to and lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Frederick decides to change his last name from Bailey to Douglas after the lead character in Sir Walter Scott 's poem 'The Lady of the Lake '. He and his wife would join African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church in New York with members Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. Douglass wanted to land a job as a ship caulker, since he had previous sailor experience, but racism still existed and whites refused to work beside Douglass. Douglass ends up taken a job as a common laborer, so he could support his family. As Douglass and his family resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts it still was not a safe haven for him, because if he gets caught…show more content…
The Emancipation Proclamation started by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863. It freed all slaves any of everywhere. The 13th Amendment was ratified on December 6, 1865. Lincoln is assassinated and Andrew Johnson becomes president. He didn 't like Lincoln 's hesitation to end slavery. Douglass also believed men fighting the war should be given the right to vote. That right was passed by Congress February 26, 1869 Allegedly, Mary Lincoln gives Fredrick Lincoln 's favorite walking stick. The Presidential Election of 1864 Douglass supported Fremont he didn 't feel like Lincoln supported the termination of slavery as much as he portrayed he did. "Though Mr. Lincoln shared prejudices of white fellow-countrymen against the Negro, it is hardly necessary to say that in his hearts of hearts he loathed and hated slavery" Douglass later became a statesman who fought for social reform and spoke on reconstruction several times all across the world. He was the U.S Marshall of Washington D.C and campaigned for equal women 's rights and equality for all. He then began to give speeches that he be paid $150.00 plus expenses. The Winter of 1882 he published his last autobiography The Life and Times of Fredrick Douglass. That same year in the summer his wife Anna of 44 years passed away. He had a very rough time dealing with her death many say he was suffering a mental breakdown. Two years later he would marry a white lady by the name of Helen Pitts, 20 years young than him.
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