Frederick Douglass

  • First slaves arrive in North America.

    This is the first time slaves were brought to the Americas. They landed in Virginia. This was the start of the slavery.
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    Frederick Douglass

  • Fugitive slave act.

    This act was passed to ensure a slaveholder that they could recover an escaped slave even if they made it to the north. This was horrible for slaves because they could not escape. They could run, but not hide.
  • Cotton gin.

    The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney. This made cleaning cotton much easier. Slave owners had to put all of their slaves in the field just to keep up with the gin. This made slaves work much harder and many died of exhaustion.
  • No more importing slaves.

    Congress passes a law that states it is illegal to import anymore slaves from Africa. This is important because now slavery is starting to go away. Even though it is still legal to own slaves, it is reducing the amount being brought in.
  • Frederick Douglass was born as a slave in Maryland.

    Frederick Douglass was born as a slave in Maryland. This was the start of an amazing life. He was a major factor in abolishing slavery.
  • The Missouri Compromise.

    This makes slavery illegal north of the southern boundary of Missouri. This is the very beginning of the North and South starting to hate each other. This led to the civil war.
  • Denmark Vesey.

    He was an enslaved African American carpenter who had purchased his freedom. He plans a slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina. The plot is discovered, and Vesey and 34 coconspirators are hanged.
  • Frederick Douglass learns to read.

    This was very important to the life of Frederick Douglass. It helped him become an amazing writer and speaker. His speeches were very helpful in abolishing slavery.
  • The Liberator.

    William Lloyd Garrison starts publishing the Liberator. He writes about how slavery should be abolished completely. This shows people how unfair slavery is and changes many minds about slavery.
  • Frederick Douglass runs away.

    This is the first time Douglass runs away. He goes to Havre De Grace, Maryland. This is the start of his great career of becoming free and speaking.
  • Frederick marries Anna Murray.

    She encourages him and helps him escape. She is a major factor in helping Frederick succeed.
  • Harriet Tubman escapes.

    Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery and starts leading other slaves through the underground railroad. She returned to the south 19 times and was never caught.
  • Dred Scott case.

    This states that congress cannot ban slavery in states. It also says that slaves are not citizens. This means slaves do not have almost any rights.
  • The Civil War begins.

    The start of the civil war. Confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumter to mark the beginning of the Civil War.
  • Emancipation Proclamation.

    This states that African-Americans (both free men and escaped slaves) can fight in the Civil War. Over 190,00 African-Americans volunteered. This made the North have a huge advantage in the number of people.
  • Slavery ends.

    This marks the end of slavery. It is a very important date in American history. Although, some slaves in Texas didn't receive the news until June 19, 1865.
  • The Civil War ends.

    This is the end of the Civil War. It also means slavery is made illegal.
  • President Lincoln dies.

    This was just after the end of the Civil War. John Wilkes Booth kills President Abraham Lincoln.
  • The death of Frederick Douglass.

    Frederick Douglass dies of a heart attack. It marks the end of a great hero's life.