Frederick Douglass (c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-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 dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings.
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Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
At a time like this scorching irony not convincing argument is needed.
Where justice is denied where poverty is enforced where ignorance prevails and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress rob and degrade them neither persons nor property will be safe.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
I could as a free man look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave.
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
One and God make a majority.