Life and Times of Frederick Douglass Author:Frederick Douglass Born in slavery, largely self-educated and self liberated, Frederick Douglass rose against formidable odds to become a great American leader, not only in the fight for the abolition of slavery, but in the general cause of human rights. After the Civil War, Douglass, utilizing his unique gifts as writer and orator, fought for equal rights for Neg... more »roes as zealously as he had fought for emancipation. He was actively associated with the campaign for equal rights for women. He was a champion of free education for "every poor man from Maine to Texas." He played an important role in the early Negro labor movement. He was involved in the temperance crusade.
Having attained the distinguished position as advisor to President Lincoln, Douglass reached the apex of his astonishing career with his appointment as Minister Resident and Consul General to the Republic of Haiti. His autobiography, presented here as he finally completed and revised it in 1892, is a unique chronicle of 78 crucial years in American history, and a provocative and impressive self-portrait of an uncommon man. It is, above all, an eloquent tribute to the persistent hope that, despite the imperfections of our democracy, any American - however disadvantaged - may aspire to greatness.« less