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Douglass, Frederick (1818–95)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Z021-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2005
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Article Summary

Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave, an abolitionist, an orator, an agitator for black civil and political rights, an editor, an ambassador, a lecturer, a feminist, a journalist, a confidant of John Brown and also of William Lloyd Garrison, and a self-educated intellectual and philosopher who never had a single day of formal schooling in his life. His Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself, published in 1845 when he was 27 years old and only seven years out of slavery, is a literary classic, and sold more than 4,500 copies in the first six months after it appeared. His My Bondage and My Freedom, published ten years later, is the best philosophical analysis of human nature in slavery ever written.

Citing this article:
Boxill, Bernard R.. Douglass, Frederick (1818–95), 2005, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Z021-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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