Collection of Frederick Douglass' Monthly's, booklets, and other materials, circa 1850-1894
Douglass, Frederick 1817?-1895
1 box (1.5 linear feet)
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was born into slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore but fled north in 1838 to settle in Massachussetts. He soon joined the antislavery movement, and by the mid-1840s his commanding eloquence in offering firsthand testimony to the oppressions of slavery had transformed him into one of the movement's most persuasive spokesmen. Douglass' reforming zeal remained strong all his life. After the Civil War put an end to slavery, he continued to be a leading defender of the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction.
This collection, which dates from circa 1859-1894, contains materials relating to abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Includes several of his speeches reproduced in booklets and pamphlets, a visiting card, a portrait bearing his autograph, and 26 issues of Douglass' Monthly, which was a supplement to his abolitionist newspaper Frederick Douglass's Paper.
Collection of Frederick Douglass materials, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution