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Frederick Douglass – The Abolitionist

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On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave the speech which many now call, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July. Douglass was enslaved and escaped to his freedom. Even though his life was in danger speaking out against slavery as a Black man and he constantly lived under the threat of being recaptured and sold back into slavery or returned to his former owner, he still fought to end slavery. He met with many leaders of the time, including Susan B. Anthony, an advocate for women’s rights, and the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass

Below are the links for the books featured above about the life of Frederick Douglass. Slavery isn’t a topic for very young children due to the nature of violence and oppression but older children can manage the topic and it is recommended that teens also read Douglass’ speeches. All of these books can be found on

Who Was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince et al. is $5.99 for the paperback, also available on audio and on Kindle; A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass by David A. Adler is $7.99 for the paperback and is also available in a hardback version; Frederick Douglass for Kids: His Life and Times, with 21 Activities by Nancy I. Sanders is available for $14.19 in paperback and is also available on Kindle; and Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome is available in a hardback edition for $15.76 and is also available on Kindle. 

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