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  • Author: Leigh Fought

The role of women in the life of Frederick Douglass

Although Frederick Douglass captures his journey into freedom and political influence in his autobiographies, he reveals little about his private life. Douglass’s carefully crafted public persona concealed a man whose life was more complicated than he would have liked us to think. Women played key roles in guiding him throughout his turbulent lifeā€”from helping him escape slavery to solidifying his role as an abolitionist and suffragist.

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