Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

1818 - 1895
The writings and life of Frederick Douglass have served as an important inspiration to American composers, from Dorothy Rudd Moore's opera Frederick Douglass to the songs of Adolphus C. Hailstork.


Born into slavery on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Frederick Douglass taught himself to read and write and escaped to the north when he was 20 years old. His 1845 autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass cemented his importance as an abolitionist and civil rights orator and writer.

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