Frederick Douglas — Freedom Fighter

Frederick Douglas is featured in the new PBS series, The Abolitionists, along with Angelina Grimke, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Douglas is an interesting person in American history.

He was claimed to be personal property from his birth around 1818 in the state of Maryland.  He was physically, mentally, and emotionally abused — kept in degraded conditions and treated like an animal.  He was separated from his family and forcibly made to do manual labor without pay.  He was not allowed to learn to read, but he found a way to do so without getting caught.

When he was 20 Douglas courageously escaped from his bondage.  He began to tell people about what he went through.  Without hatred, Douglas spoke with passion and authority about the horrors that had been inflicted on him.  The stories of his unjust suffering moved people deeply.  Eventually he was asked to speak at meetings and he became known as a great orator.

Like the courageous people in Egypt and the Middle East who are overthrowing dictators, Douglas spoke out against the horrible injustice of human slavery.  He was a great black history leader and was very active in the American abolitionist movement.

For Frederick Douglas, the words “all men are created equal” were not just words in the Declaration of Independence that could be overlooked in order to justify the cruelties of American slavery, but a passionate belief that he heroically stood for all of his life.  Here are a few quotations from Frederick Douglas.  It is amazing how they apply to the non-violent revolutions currently going on in the Middle East.

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”

“Wherever men oppress their fellows, wherever they enslave them, they will endeavor to find the needed apology for such enslavement and oppression in the character of the people oppressed and enslaved.”

“The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.”

“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.”

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

“The soul that is within me no man can degrade.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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