Douglass — Letter to His Old Master

Douglass — Letter to His Old Master

I am your fellow man, but not your slave.

Published in September 1848, Douglass ended his now historic letter to his former master, Thomas Auld, with those immortal words. The letter is presented in its entirety here.

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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