Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) escaped slavery in Maryland. His lifelong commitment to women’s rights reflected a belief that rights should be universal, not limited by race or gender. He believed that disenfranchised groups should support each other. Douglass played a critical role in the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention. He supported the early woman’s suffrage efforts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Lucy Stone.

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