Douglass was married for over forty years to his first wife, Anna Murray, a free African-American housekeeper whom he met shortly before his escape. After her death, Douglass stirred controversy by marrying his former secretary, Helen Pitts, a white woman.
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.
- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress — This collection contains “7,400 items relating to Douglass’ life as an escaped slave, abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant. The papers span the years 1841 to 1964, with the bulk of the material from 1862 to 1895″ … and “consists of correspondence, speeches and articles by Douglass and his contemporaries, a draft of his autobiography, financial and legal papers, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items.”
- Frederick Douglass Timeline — A detailed timeline of Douglass’ life from the Library of Congress.
- The Underground Railroad — This exhibit from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center includes an historical overview of the Underground Railroad and an exhibit of documents by Frederick Douglass.
- University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Project — This site includes images of and letters and writings by Frederick Douglass from the University of Rochester Library as well as lesson plans for teachers of all grade levels.
- Frederick Douglass — Listen to audio of a speech by Frederick Douglass from the Freedom Archives site.
- Frederick Douglass National Historic Site — This site from the National Parks Service includes images, a multimedia tour, chronology of Douglass’ life, lesson plans and more.
- American Artifacts: Frederick Douglass House — A video tour of the Frederick Douglass House from C-SPAN’s American History TV.
Teaching Resources and Lesson Plans
- For Teachers — An array of lesson plans from the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Project
- Contextualizing Frederick Douglass — This site from Assumption College includes questions and suggested readings to help students understand Douglass’ writings in the context of the debate over slavery and the development of American ideals and values.
- Frederick Douglass : Lesson plans and teaching resources — from the Web English Teacher site.
- From Courage to Freedom: Frederick Douglass’s 1845 Autobiography — Three lesson plans from EDSITEment sites related to the first of Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself.