Quotable! – Frederick Douglass 1817-1895

Honoring Frederick Douglass on the 200th Anniversary of his birth.



Social reformer, author, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman

Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, the exact date of Frederick Douglass’ birth is unknown, and the year is disputed. He personally chose the 14th of February as his date of birth. The first recorded year of his birth is 1817 (from Douglass’ account).

Escaping from slavery on his third attempt when he was about twenty-one-years-old, Frederick changed his surname first to Johnson then to Douglass to hide his identity. He purchased his freedom in 1847.

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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