Frederick Douglass: A powerful author, abolitionist

Frederick Douglass’s slave narratives

“Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” – 1845

“My Bondage and My Freedom” -1855

“The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” – 1881

HARLINGEN — Frederick Douglass was a powerful speaker, author and passionate abolitionist.

After escaping from slavery in Maryland at age 20, he wrote three autobiographies about his life as a slave and edited a black newspaper. He gave thousands of fiery speeches against slavery and racism. His editorials were equally powerful.

He took on numerous causes, including the abolitionist movement before the Civil War and the Jim Crow laws and lynchings in the 1890s. He also supported the women’s rights movement.

The website says Douglass was the son of a slave woman and probably her white master. He’s considered the most important black American leader of the 1800s.