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Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey Douglass (Feb. 7, 1817-Feb. 20, 1895) was an abolitionist, orator and _____________________ who fought against slavery and for women's rights. Douglass was the _____________________ African-American citizen appointed to _____________________ of high rank in the U.S. government.

Douglass was born into slavery; his mother was a ___________________ and his _____________________ was white. In 1838, he escaped slavery in Maryland and moved __________________ to _____________________, where he soon became an international figure in the fight against slavery. Douglass lectured extensively against _____________________ in the U.S. and in _____________________ Britain. During the _____________________ War, Douglass met with U.S. President Abraham _____________________ many times, discussing Lincoln's efforts to _____________________ slavery and the arming of _____________________ slaves to fight the _____________________.

In 1847, Douglass started an anti-slavery _____________________ called the North Star (it was later called Frederick Douglass's Paper); it was published until 1860. Douglass served as the assistant secretary of the Santo Domingo Commission (1871). He was later appointed marshal (1877-81) and recorder of deeds (1881-86) of Washington, D.C. His last government appointment was as the U.S. minister and consul general to Haiti (1889-91). Douglass' autobiography, "Life and Times of Frederick newspaper," was published in 1882.



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