How Did Frederick Douglass Impact On American Culture

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Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born in 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He was born a slave, to an African American women and an unknown white man. He was raised by his grandmother until about the age of seven when he was sold to a new owner. His owner’s wife taught him the alphabet, but he taught himself how to read and write. He attempted to escape to the North and become a free man on many occasions, but was unsuccessful until about the age of twenty. He settled in Massachusetts and changed his name to Frederick Douglass to avoid being identified as a runaway slave. He had five children from his wife of forty-four years who was also African American, and later married a white woman after his first wife died. His life was filled with heartache, challenges, success, and hard work, and through it all he still managed to leave a powerful legacy after his death in 1895. Frederick Douglass has had more impact on American society and culture than any other person in history for three of the following reasons: 1) His leadership in the abolitionist movement, 2) His involvement in the woman’s suffrage movement, and 3) His involvement in the equal rights of African …show more content…

He joined the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1841. He met people who were against slavery and began to speak at their meetings and share his experiences as a slave. Douglass’ speeches were very inspiring and affected a lot of people to support the abolition of slavery in America. He toured all over the North and published articles in his newspaper, “The North Star”. His fame put him as risk of being caught by his owner so he left America and moved to Ireland and England. He inspired British people to believe in the abolitionist movement. His British friends admired his work that they bought his freedom from his owner. He returned to America as a free man and continued his fight for the freedom of

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