Frederick Douglass


"We were all ranked together at the valuation…

There were horses and men, cattle and women,

Pigs and children, all holding the same rank

In the scale of being…

At this moment, I saw more clearly than ever

The brutalizing effects of slavery

Upon both the slave and slaveholder."


For a brief biographical sketch, please click on the following source:

Perspectives in American Literature

Three Speeches of Douglass:

Passion, Logic and Power

Frederick Douglass Papers:

Library of Congress

American Transcendentalism Web Source