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Frederick Douglass

In his youth, Frederick Douglass had no rights. He was forbidden to learn to read, and he wasn’t even allowed to know his own age! Nevertheless, he managed to educate himself and become one of 19th century America’s most celebrated speakers and writers. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will show you the brutality Douglass endured in the slave state of Maryland, and how it strengthened his desire to become a free man. You’ll discover how his speeches captivated huge crowds, and how his first autobiography became a best-seller in both America and Europe. Finally, you’ll hear about the friendship that developed between Douglass and another prominent opponent of slavery--Abraham Lincoln! Click on this movie to learn all about it.

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Who was Frederick Douglass?

Why was it illegal to teach slaves how to read? Why would it matter?

How did Frederick Douglass escape to the North? Did he go along the Underground Railroad?