Frederick Douglass: On a Mission From God
Today is the death of Frederick Douglass, reformer, writer and statesman. Douglass grew up as a slave and was taught to read at a young age. After being mistreated for many years, Douglass escaped from his life of slavery. He married Anna Murray, a free woman, and they settled in Massachusetts.
Douglass began speaking about his experiences as a slave and eventually wrote an autobiography entitled, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
Douglass was also a Christian, and was an active member of a Methodist church. He read in the Bible about the equality of all mankind and deliverance from bondage. He was also aware that slave owners justified their position through Christianity. In his autobiography, Douglass said,
“I love the pure, peaceable, and impartial Christianity of Christ: I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land.”
The gap between Christianity and slavery inspired Douglass to fight for the rights and freedoms of all people. He knew that God was on his side, and was fond of saying, “One and God make a majority.”
Douglass became known as an eloquent orator and became a powerful force in the abolitionist movement. Abraham Lincoln consulted with Douglass on the slavery issue. Soon thereafter, Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves. Upon Lincoln’s death, Mary Lincoln gave Douglass the president’s favorite walking stick.
Douglass not only had a tremendous impact on slavery but was also the forefather of movements such as women’s suffrage and civil rights. His legacy continues.
The autobiography of Frederick Douglass is offered as a free ebook below.