He was afforded the opportunity to learn to read while in the city; however, he was subject to ongoing exploitation as a slave, which defined his life.
With the help of a free, black woman, namely Anna Murray who later became his wife, Douglass escaped slavery during 1838 and traveled to New York and then Massachusetts.
After delivering a powerful speech in 1841 at the Nantucket Anti-Slavery Convention, he began a long acquaintanceship with the abolitionist white journalist, William Lloyd Garrison. As a result of this networking, Douglas delivered speeches for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society for approximately four years.
Therefore, he distanced himself from America by traveling to England and, in 1846, friends raised money to purchase his freedom legally.
Douglass later settled in Rochester, New York and founded the North Star newspaper. That publication served until 1860 as a forum for Douglass and other melanated, activists speeches. He delivered a vigilant abolitionism perspective, through initially arguing against John Brown's assault on the Harpers Ferry arsenal.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln ultimately acquiesced. Douglass and Truth then actively recruited for the two Massachusetts melanated regiments.
Following the war, President Ulysses Grant appointed Douglass as the U.S. marshall for the District of Columbia. Later, under President Chester Alan Arthur, Douglas assumed the responsibility of the minister to Haiti.
However, Douglass took much flack by women suffragist for his support of the 15th amendment because it specifically granted voting rights to black men only, which continued to disenfranchise women.