Civil Rights and Protests

Slavery and Anti-Slavery

Who were the leading blacks involved in abolition?

Although the abolition movement was dominated by whites, numerous black leaders played a major role in the movement, among them Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), Alexander Crummell (1819–1898), Henry Highland Garnet (1815–1882), Samuel Ringgold Ward (1817–1866), David Walker (c. 1796–1830), Daniel Coker (1780–1846), David Ruggles (1810–1849), and Martin Robison Delany (1812–1885). Douglass, an escaped slave from Maryland, became one of the best-known black abolitionists in the country. He lectured extensively throughout the United States and England. In 1845 he published the first of his three autobiographies, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, followed by My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855, and his third and final autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass in 1881.



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