Fredrick Douglass' Life

  • Fredeick Douglass is born.

    Frederick Douglass was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave, in Tuckahoe, Maryland. His mother, Harriet Bailey, was a slave and his father, Aaron Anthony, is a white man rumored to be his master. He had three older siblings named Sarah, Eliza, and Perry.
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    The Life Of Frederick Douglass

  • Fredrick Douglass escapes slavery.

    He escaped slavery boarding a train to Harve de Grace, Maryland. He was dressed in a sailor's uniform carrying identification papers borrowed from a free black sailor. He fled to New York and changed his last name to Johnson.
  • Frederick Douglass gets married to Anna Murrary.

    Frederick Douglass gets married to Anna Murrary.
    In 1837, he met Anna Murray, a free slave, in Baltimore while he was a slave. They were soon married after he obtained his freedom. The newlyweds move to New Bedford, Massachusetts, where Frederick worked as an unskilled laborer.
  • Douglas participates in an Anti - Slavery Convention

    In 1841, Douglass participated in the American Anti-Slavery Society's Hundred Conventions project, a six month tour of meeting halls throughout the east and Middle West of the United States. The society was impressed so they hired him to be a speaker. William Lloyd Garrison follows his explanations with a speech of his own, encouraging Douglass. He participated in the Seneca Falls Convention, the birthplace of the American feminist movement, and was a participant of its Declaration of Sentiment
  • Frederick Douglas published his novel

    In 1845, he publishes his novel "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave." This novel talks about his life as being a slave. In the novel, he reveals details that could to his arrest as a fugitive slave.
  • The "Frederick Douglass Paper" is published.

    The "Frederick Douglass Paper" is published.
    In 1851, Douglass merges "North Star" and Gerrit Smith's "Liberty Party Paper" to form the "Frederick Douglass Paper." This talked about the horrible things about slavery. Then the “Frederick Douglass Paper” was published in 1860.
  • Douglass is nominated for Vice President of The United States.

    In 1872, Frederick Douglass was nominated for Vice President of the United States. That made him the first African American to be nominated. He was nominated to be Victoria Woodhull's running mate on the Equal Rights Party ticket without his knowledge.
  • Douglass was made Recorder of Deeds of the District of Colombia.

    In 1877, Douglass was appointed a United States Marshal by President Hayes. In 1881, he was appointed Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia. He then receives a high - paying job from President Garfield.
  • Douglass married Helen Pitts two years after his previous wife's death.

    Douglass married Helen Pitts two years after his previous wife's death.
    In 1884, two years after the death of his first wife, Douglass married Helen Pitts, a white feminist from Honeoye, New York. She was his secretary when he was the recorder of deeds. Frederick and Helen Pitts Douglass interracial marriage caused controversy, since she was a white woman and nearly 20 years younger than he.
  • Frederick Douglas dies due to heart failure.

    Douglas speaks at a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C. On February 20, 1895, he died of a massive heart attack or stroke in his adopted hometown of Washington D.C. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY.