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Frederick Douglass

  • Frederick Douglass is born.

    Frederick  Douglass is born.
    Frederick Douglas was born near Easton in Talbot County, Maryland. He was born a slave. His real name was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Mother is a slave, Harriet Bailey, and father is a white man, rumored to be his master, Aaron Anthony. He had three older siblings, Perry, Sarah, and Eliza.
  • Raised By Grandma

    Raised By Grandma
    He was raised by his grandma from 1819 - 1823 . His grandma was Betsey Bailey and he livedat Holme Hill Farm, where he was born. He only sees his mother a few times.
  • Moves

    He moves to plantation on Wye River. He lives with his sisters and brother Perry, Sarah, and Eliza.
  • Mother dies and moves again.

    Mother dies and moves again.
    His mom dies in 1826. He was sent to Baltimore to live with Hugh Auld and his wife Sophia. His master, Aaron Anthony, dies late in the year; Frederick becomes the property of Thomas Auld, Anthony's son-in-law. Thomas Auld sends him back to Hugh Auld.
  • Learns to read.

    Learns to read.
    Sophia Auld teaches him to read. She does so until Hugh Auld stops them. Hugh believed that education makes slaves rebellious.
  • Starts Working

    Starts Working
    1829-30 Works in shipyard as general assistant; practices reading and writing in secret.
  • Moves & tries to teach other slaves

    Moves & tries to teach other slaves
    He was sent to St. Michaels, Maryland, He worked for Thomas Auld. He tries to teach other slaves to read until Auld discovers it and stops him.
  • Beaten

    Auld rents him out to farmer Edward Covey, known as a slave breaker. He is beaten a lot and finally fights back. Covey never tries to beat him again.

    Frederick makes an escape plan but it is discovered. He is jailed and then released. He returns to work for Hugh and Sophia Auld in Baltimore and is hired out to work as a caulker in a Baltimore shipyard. He gains knowledge there which helps him escape slavery two years later.
  • Meets a woman

    Meets a woman
    He joins the East Baltimore Mental Improvement Society.That is a debating club of free black men. When he goes there, he meets a free African-American housekeeper, Anna Murray.
  • Freed

    He Borrowed papers from a free black sailor and then he escapes from slavery to New York and changes his last name to Johnson.
  • Gets MARRIED!

    Gets MARRIED!
    He marries Anna Murray. The ceremony is by minister James W. C. Pennington. James is also an escaped Maryland slave.
  • Daughter born,Subcribes, Preacher.

    Daughter born,Subcribes, Preacher.
    Frederick Douglass has a daughter by the name of Rosetta. Douglass subscribes to William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist weekly The Liberator. Also Becomes a licensed preacher for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
  • Son is born.

    Son is born.
    Frederick has a son by the name of Lewis Henry.
  • Son is born

    Son is born
    He has a son by the name of Frederick.
  • Mob.

    He is beaten by a mob at an antislavery meeting in Pendleton, Indiana. His right hand is broken and he never fully recovers the use of his hand.
  • Son is born

    Son is born
    He has another son by the name of Charles Remond on October 21st.
  • Publishes Book, Meets Susan B. Anthony,

    Publishes Book, Meets Susan B. Anthony,
    He publishes The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. In it, he reveals details that could lead to his arrest as a fugitive slave. Also, He meets Susan B. Anthony while on a speaking tour. Later he becomes a champion of women's rights. Then he begins tour of Great Britain and Ireland, lecturing on slavery with abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. English friends raise money to purchase his freedom. Douglass is manumitted after Hugh Auld receives $711.66 in payment.
  • New National Era and Fiteenth Amedment.

    New National Era and Fiteenth Amedment.
    He edits then owns the New National Era, a weekly newspaper for African Americans. He loses ten thousand dollars when the paper folds in 1874.
    Ffteenth Amendment to the Constitution adopted. This amendment states that the rights of citizens to vote cannot be denied on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
  • Marries again.

    Marries again.
    Douglass marries Helen Pitts. She is a white woman who had been his secretary when he was recorder of deeds. The interracial marriage causes people to disagree among the Douglasses' friends, family, and the public
  • President of troubled Freedmen's

    President of troubled Freedmen's
    Frederick becomes the president of the troubled Freedmen's Savings and Trust Company. He works with the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee to save the bank. Then it fails.
  • Meeting & dies.

    Meeting & dies.
    Speaks at a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C. Dies suddenly that evening of heart failure while describing the meeting to his wife. Unfortunately he died the same day.