Who Was Frederick Douglass?


Most slaves didn’t learn to read and write. Most slaves didn’t risk their lives to run away to freedom. But Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write. He escaped and he helped others do the same.

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Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom–and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

Who Was is a series of illustrated biographies for young readers featuring significant historical figures, including artists, scientists, and world leaders.

Paperback, 112 pages

Ages 8+

Manufacturer SKU9780448479118
AuthorApril Jones Prince
Author BioApril Jones Prince is the author of several children's books, including Who Was Mark Twain?
IllustratorRobert Squier
Weight 0.2563 lbs
Dimensions 0.27 × 5.33 × 7.63 in


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