Skip to comments.Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery, 175 Years Ago
Posted on 09/04/2013 5:10:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
On September 3, 1838, Frederick Bailey undertook the riskiest journey of his life. The 20-year-old slave made a daring escape from his master in Baltimore, and with his newfound freedom came a new name -- Frederick Douglass...
After Douglass attempt to escape slavery two years prior was betrayed by a fellow slave, he had been jailed, sent to Baltimore by his master and hired out to work in the citys shipyards. Undeterred, Douglass vowed to try to escape again on September 3, 1838, although he knew the risk. "I felt assured that if I failed in this attempt, my case would be a hopeless one," he wrote in his autobiography. "It would seal my fate as a slave forever." ...
When Douglass published his autobiography in 1845, he divulged few details about his escape in order to protect those who abetted him and to keep authorities ignorant of the method he employed to slip the bonds of slavery. It was not until 1881 that he finally detailed his escape. Douglass always looked back on September 3, 1838, as the day when his "free life began," and for the rest of his life he celebrated the date in place of his unknown birthday.
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Oration in Memory of Abraham Lincoln by Frederick Douglass, April 14, 1876 -- I have said that President Lincoln was a white man, and shared the prejudices common to his countrymen towards the colored race. Looking back to his times and to the condition of his country, we are compelled to admit that this unfriendly feeling on his part may be safely set down as one element of his wonderful success in organizing the loyal American people for the tremendous conflict before them, and bringing them safely through that conflict. His great mission was to accomplish two things: first, to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and, second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery. To do one or the other, or both, he must have the earnest sympathy and the powerful cooperation of his loyal fellow-countrymen. Without this primary and essential condition to success his efforts must have been vain and utterly fruitless. Had he put the abolition of slavery before the salvation of the Union, he would have inevitably driven from him a powerful class of the American people and rendered resistance to rebellion impossible. Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.
Shhhhh!!! Don’t tell them about the liberal plantation of welfare, abortion, public schools, drugs, consequence free behavior, racial grievance mongering and bastardy.
If blacks ever become independent, Libs will have no permanently downtrodden minority to stand on.
Pity that the present day slaves on the DemoncRAT welfare plantation are so lacking in the courage exhibited by Mr. Douglass.
Wow I would venture to say that most people today could NEVER read nor write a statement so profound. .. Black or white.
Frederick Douglas stated, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglas - champion of liberty, Ambassador to Haiti, and lifelong Republican.
His second wife Helen Pitts, was white, and about 20 years younger than him. The marriage created a fire-storm in both families. When he died, his Will left the home to her, but because witness signatures were missing, it was decreed invalid. Pitts tried to get the Douglass children to work with her to purchase the home and turn it into a memorial to their father, but they refused, wanting instead to sell it and split the money amongst themselves. Pitts was eventually able to borrow the money to purchase the house, and although she died before the mortgage could be paid off, the house was saved through the help of private citizens, and turned into a museum.
My thoughts also, a brilliant man.
He would be disgusted at the slavery blacks have let themselves get into with welfare today, always on the Democrap Welfare Porch.
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