Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, statesman, writer, abolitionist and an orator who became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He was known for his dazzling oratory and incisive anti-slavery writings and thoughts. He also wrote various autobiographies. “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave”, one of his autobiographies became the best seller. All his writings and works reflect his powerful thoughts on issues that were dear to him. Over the years, his thoughts have become famous quotations and are quotes extensively. He was actively involved in efforts that espoused issues like women's rights, peace, land reform and education. Frederick Douglass educated slaves and motivated them to know their rights. Douglass published his first abolitionist newspaper, 'The North Star' when he returned from the US. In 1848, Douglass was the only African-American to attend Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention, showing his support for women’s rights. Douglass had escaped slavery and fought for those who were still captive. His thoughts and quotations are still relevant and inspire many.
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.
Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, '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.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.
A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him.