Moment in History:
It would not be until he was twenty years of age that Frederick Douglass would experience life as a free man. He was born in 1818 in a slave cabin and lived as a houseboy with Sophia Auld who briefly provided him a foundational education despite laws against teaching slaves to read. Douglass took it upon himself, then, to become educated, and eventually successfully escaped from slavery in 1838. He dedicated his life to the struggle of bettering the lives of African Americans. He spoke out against slavery and racial prejudices, and he was an advocate for equal rights of women despite constant adversity and often violent repercussions. He delivered hundreds of speeches each year and eventually published his anti-slavery, autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.