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Meet Amazing Americans Activists & Reformers Frederick Douglass
Pioneers of Freedom, individual portraits of abolitionists
Individual portraits of Charles Sumner, Henry Ward Beecher, Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, Gerrit Smith, Horace Greeley, and Henry Wilson.

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Frederick Douglass--Abolitionist Leader
Frederick Douglass is known for his ability to speak and inspire a crowd, but he wasn't always confident talking in front of an audience. His very first public speech was in 1841 at the church of the Rev. Thomas James, who asked Douglass to speak about his experiences as a slave. At first, Douglass was nervous and shy, but as he went on, he became more sure of himself and his speaking skills. After that experience, he went in front of crowds on numerous occasions to speak out against slavery.

Douglass kept company with other abolitionists, including Wendell Phillips, William Lloyd Garrison, and Owen Lovejoy. He also spoke in favor of women's rights and worked alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and many others.

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