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Frederick Douglasss writings reflected many American views that were influenced by national division Douglass was a very successful abolitionist who changed Americas views of slavery through his writings and actions Frederick Douglass had many achievements throughout his life Douglass was born a slave in 1817 in Maryland He educated himself and became determined to escape the atrocities of slavery Douglass attempted to escape slavery once but failed He later made a successful escape in 1838 His fleeing brought him to New Bedford Massachusetts Douglasss abolitionist career began at an antislavery convention at Nantucket Massachusetts Here he showed himself to be a great speaker Douglass became involved with many important abolitionist causes both through his literary works and also through activities such as the Underground Railroad and also his role in organizing a regiment of former slaves to fight in the Civil War for the Union army Due to the Fugitive Slave Laws Douglass became in danger of being captured and returned to slavery He left America and stayed in the British Isles There he lectured on slavery and gained the respect of many people who raised money to purchase his freedom In 1847 Douglass relocated to Rochester New York and became the person in charge of the Underground Railroad Here he also began the abolitionist newspaper North Star which he edited until 1860 In this time period Douglass became friends with another well known American abolitionist John Brown Brown was involved with the Underground Railroad and later wanted Douglass to join him on terroristic attacks on a United States government arsenal at Harpers Ferry Douglass declined to participate in such activities He fled once again to Europe fearing that his association with John Brown might threaten him He returned after several months and aided in Abraham Lincolns campaign for president Frederick Douglass had many other achievements mainly political before dying in 1895 in Washington D C
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