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Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

One of the most important African American leaders in the 19th century, Frederick Douglass was actually born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. He worked tireless on the issues of abolition and Jim Crow segregation during his lifetime and edited the most influential black newspaper of its time. He also wrote three books, two of them autobiographies. Today, they are considered some of th…

Date of Birth: January 31, 1818
Date of Death: February 20, 1895


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Frederick Douglass

"No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck" Frederick Douglass
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"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker." Frederick Douglass
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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning." Frederick Douglass
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"One and God make a majority." Frederick Douglass
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"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." Frederick Douglass
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"I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress" Frederick Douglass
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"In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields-her beautiful rivers-her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten; That her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing." Frederick Douglass
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"The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery." Frederick Douglass
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"Without a struggle, there can be no progress." Frederick Douglass
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"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Frederick Douglass
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"The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous" Frederick Douglass
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"People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get." Frederick Douglass
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"The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion." Frederick Douglass
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"[Y]our national greatness, swelling vanity; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages." Frederick Douglass
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"Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." Frederick Douglass
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"Man's greatness consists in his ability to do and the proper application of his powers to things needed to be done." Frederick Douglass
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"We had talked long enough; we were now ready to move; if not now, we never should be; and if we did not intend to move now, we had as well fold our arms, sit down, and acknowledge ourselves fit only to be slaves." Frederick Douglass
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"The soul that is within me no man can degrade." Frederick Douglass
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"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted" Frederick Douglass
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"Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground." Frederick Douglass
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"I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress." Frederick Douglass
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