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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass

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After this separation he lived with his maternal grandmother Betty Bailey. In this history Frederick Douglass (along with Harriet Tubman) is the revered Founder of a Black state created in the Deep South. The 1845 Narrative which was his biggest seller was followed by My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave which became influential in its support for abolition. February 1818 – February 20 1895) was an American social reformer orator writer and statesman. Without his approval he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket.

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