“The very accompaniments of the slave system stamp it as the offspring of hell itself.”
THE NATURE OF SLAVERY is an extract from a lecture Douglass gave on December 1, 1850. The US would erupt into war over the issue a decade later.
Read by Edison McDaniels.
A presentation of EDISON Audio LLC.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818. He learned to read and write at the age of 12. He escaped to freedom at the ago of 20 in 1838. In addition to being an abolitionist, orator, author, and eminent human rights leader, he was the first African American to be nominated for the Vice Presidency of the United States, in 1872. This was against his will and he did not campaign. Frederick Douglass died in Washington, DC on February 20, 1985. He was 77.
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