The Life and time of Frederick Douglas
By: Luis Curbelo

    Frederick Douglas was born in 1817 in Tuckahoe, Maryland. He was born into slavery. His given name Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. As the years went along he grew a strong hatred for slavery throughtout his life. In 1838, he escaped from slavery and fled to Massachsettes where he found and married a beautiful woman named, Anna Murray. Frederick Douglas escaped from slavery at the age of 20. Douglas was known as a very eloquent anti-slavery speaker. His speeches for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery, shaped his role as an abolitionist. He also worked for the Underground Railroad.
    After the Civil War, Douglas fought for passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution. During the Civil War he assisted in the recruting fo colored men for the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Regiments and consistently argued for the emancipation fo slaves. After the war he was active in securing and protecting the rights of the freedmen. In his later years, at different times, he was secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission, marshall and recorder of deeds of the District of Columbia, and United States Minister to Haiti.
     Frederick Douglas died in Washington D.C. in 1895, after many years in the federal civil services.