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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)

Frederick Douglass as a young man

Frederick Douglass as an older man

Slave (Freedom, Liberation) Narratives
Selected Bibliography on Frederick Douglass
Brief Lecture Notes on Douglass's Narrative 

Frederick Douglass and technology from the African American Intellectual History site.
Biographical sketch and photographs at the PBS Africans in America site
Douglass's papers at the Library of Congress. This site includes a search feature, a timeline of Douglass's life, page images of the handwritten letters, and his diary from his trip to Europe and Africa in 1886.

Frederick Douglas Project at the University of Rochester includes lessons for teachers, writings, and photographs.
James Earl Jones reading Douglass's "What is the Fourth of July to the Negro?" speech (YouTube.com)

Pictures courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery

Works Available Online

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (UC Berkeley)
My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
"The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (pbs.org) (Watch James Earl Jones read this speech)
"A Plea for Free Speech in Boston" (1860)
"An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage" (Atlantic Monthly, January 1867)
"My Escape from Slavery" (Century Magazine, November 1881)
The Negro Exodus from the Gulf States . Illustrations. 
Reconstruction (1866) 
The Future of the Colored Race (May 1886)
"The Color Line" (May 1881)