14 Feb '13, 12am

Frederick Douglass Day: Time to Give Credit Where It’s Due

Frederick Douglass Day: Time to Give Credit Where It’s Due

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on (or around) Valentine’s Day in 1818. In his 70-odd years of life, he escaped his captivity, became one of the most outspoken opponents of slavery, and ultimately lived to see its abolishment. After Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Douglas was reputed to have received the late president’s favorite walking stick from his widow. It’s said that history is written by the winners. History is also written by those in power, those with privilege, those who have not been disenfranchised. Douglass was a counter-point to that trend, writing two autobiographies and becoming a great enough orator that his voice could not be ignored completely. Few of his brothers and sisters in bondage would have been able to read, but Douglass, born into that life, was an accomplished writer. White slaveholders and defenders of slavery were using everything ...

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