Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818. After escaping to New York in 1838, Douglass became an activist, abolitionist and orator, as well as a publisher, author and confidante of President Abraham Lincoln. Douglass devoted his life to the cause of justice, while holding several important positions in the federal government. Douglass never stopped working or advocating for human rights and died suddenly of a heart condition on February 20, 1895 shortly after speaking at a meeting of the National Council of Women.
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