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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass is perhaps the most well-known abolitionist of the anti-slavery movement. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland around 1818. He learned to read in Baltimore and after being hired out to “slave-breaker” Edward Covey, fled to New York in 1833. He settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts and began his long career as an anti-slavery activist, lecturer and conductor on the Underground Railroad. He published his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself in 1845 and began publishing his anti-slavery newspaper, the North Star in 1847.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.