escaped to freedom in 1838 and became the most famous African American of the nineteenth
century. An author, an activist and an orator beyond compare, Douglass urged President
Lincoln to emancipate the slaves and accept black soldiers into the Union Army.
Martin, Waldo E., Jr. "Douglass, Frederick." Encyclopedia of African-American
Culture and History. Ed. Colin A. Palmer. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan
Reference USA, 2006. 638-641. Gale U.S. History In Context. Web. 31 Oct.