Literary Birthday – 14 February – Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass was born 14 February 1818, and died 20 February 1895.

Five Quotes

  1. No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
  2. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
  3. It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
  4. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
  5. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.

Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement. Douglass wrote several autobiographies, including Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th February 2014