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A former slave who eventually became a freedmen and wrote about the horrors of slavery. He wasn't supposed to know how to read or write, but he managed to trick some white kids into teaching him anyway. Some of his ideas still apply today.
"Everybody has asked the question. . ."What shall we do with the Negro?" I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature's plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!"

-Frederick Douglass
by x01y23z45 May 07, 2008
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A 19th century African-American who escaped slavery to help end it.
Frederick Douglass became his own master.
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