Frederick Bailey was born into slavery in 1818. With determination, courage, some help from others, and good luck, he managed to escape to freedom when he was 20 years old. He made his way to Massachusetts, gave himself a new name, Frederick Douglass, started working as a free man and very soon gave a triumphant first speech to an abolitionist group, which launched him on a career as an anti-slavery speaker and writer.

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Maybe, after the FBI tapes hit in seven years, we’ll switch out MLK day, and add Frederick Douglass day to the calendar.

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  2. Charlotte Member

    I love this podcast so much. At least half of the episodes have made me cry. It’s like the unwoke answer to The Memory Palace, which used to be good until (probably inevitably) Nate DiMeo decided that his listeners needed to learn specific lessons from his stories (instead of just, you know, enjoying them).

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