“I have said that
the Declaration of Independence
is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny;
so, indeed, I regard it.
The principles contained in that instrument
are saving principles.
Stand by those principles,
be true to them on all occasions,
in all places, against all foes,
and at whatever cost.”
~ Frederick Douglass
Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey (February, 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining renown for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. Douglass also actively supported women’s suffrage. Following the Civil War, he worked on behalf of equal rights for freedmen, and held multiple public offices. His classic autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, is one of the best known accounts of American slavery.