Frederick Douglas changed his times, but he never changed the clarity of his mission: equality for all. Journey through decades of his written words, and interact with their timeless power.
Originally on view at the American Writers Museum June 2018-June 2019
Originally on view at the American Writers Museum June 22, 2018-June 10, 2019
Author and orator Frederick Douglass was a “self-made man” (the title of one of his most popular speeches). To Douglass, a self-made man was an activist who sought to eradicate the sins of society. He escaped from slavery to become one of the most eloquent voices of abolitionism. The official end of slavery in 1865 marked the second phase of Douglass’ career. His words – passionate, brilliant, and powerful – denounced violent racism in the South while demanding true equality for all Americans.
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Frederick Douglass changed his times, but never changed the clarity of his mission: equality for all. Journey through the decades of his written words, and interact with their timeless power.