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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) to Robert Adams

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04997 Author/Creator: Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 4 December 1888 Pagination: 1 p. ; 19.8 x 12.5 cm.

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Summary of Content: He is disturbed over the "clamour raised for the disfranchisement of the colored voters of the South." Written on letterhead from Cedar Hill, Douglass's Washington, D.C. home.

Background Information: Douglass was an American abolitionist, editor, orator, author, statesman, and reformer. He was born a slave, learned to read from a kind owner, and escaped slavery by going North, where ...he became involved in several abolitionist groups. He published several newspapers. During Reconstruction he served as president of the Freedman's Savings Bank and worked with Haiti and Santo Domingo. In Washington, D.C. , Douglass was appointed Recorder of Deeds. See More

People: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Jim CrowSuffrageReconstructionAfrican American HistoryCivil RightsGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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