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Outstanding leader of the Negro people in the century and one of the most brilliant minds of his time, Frederick Douglass spoke and wrote on all the major issues confronting the American people during his lifetime. "The Pre-Civil War Decade," second of five volumes of his collected works, brings together for the first time his writings and speeches during this important and turbulent period. In addition to his editor, Dr. Philip S. Foner has written a full-length, authoritative biography of Douglass. Douglass' crusade against slavery, the strategy and tactics of the Abolitionist movement, the…mehr

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Outstanding leader of the Negro people in the century and one of the most brilliant minds of his time, Frederick Douglass spoke and wrote on all the major issues confronting the American people during his lifetime. "The Pre-Civil War Decade," second of five volumes of his collected works, brings together for the first time his writings and speeches during this important and turbulent period. In addition to his editor, Dr. Philip S. Foner has written a full-length, authoritative biography of Douglass. Douglass' crusade against slavery, the strategy and tactics of the Abolitionist movement, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the life and death of John Brown, the founding of the Republican Party and the elections of 1852 and 1860 are among the subjects Douglass analyzed so incisively during this period.
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Frederick Douglass (February 1817 - February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave. Douglass described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom. After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Douglass also actively supported women's suffrage, and held several public offices. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.