Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland. Frederick Douglass tried to escape from slavery twice before he succeeded.
He became one of the most famous intellectuals of his time, advising presidents and lecturing to thousands on a variety of causes, including women’s rights.
By the time of the Civil War, Douglass was one of the most famous black men in the country. He used his status to influence the role of African Americans in the war and their status in the country.
In 1888, Frederick Douglass became the first African American nominated to be a U.S. presidential candidate.