• 1847 to 1859 -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    1847 Returns from overseas tour; moves to Rochester, New York. With money raised by English and Irish friends, buys printing press and begins publishing the abolitionist weekly North Star. He continues publishing it until 1851. John Brown. Biographical File. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-2472 1848 Participant in first women's rights convention, Seneca Falls, New York. Meets and becomes acquaintance ...

    • Date: 1847
  • In His Own Words -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    To understand Frederick Douglass, his struggles, and the times he lived in, one must read about his life in his own words. Below are links to complete online texts of all three Douglass autobiographies. Two are part of the American Memory online collections at the Library of Congress; one is provided by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. The Narrative of ...

    • Date: 1845
  • Family Tree -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    Isaac Bailey married Betsey Bailey Harriet Bailey, their daughter her son (by an unknown man): Frederick Douglass married Anna Murray Douglass (first wife) The Douglasses' five children: Rosetta Douglass (1839-1906) married Nathan Sprague Frederick Douglass's seven grandchildren: the Spragues Annie Rosine Sprague Norris Harriet Bailey Sprague Alice Louise Sprague Estelle Irene Sprague Weaver Fredericka Douglass Sprague Perry Herbert Douglass Sprague Rosebelle Mary Sprague Jones ...

    • Date: 1818
  • Provenance and Publication History -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    In 1976, the Library of Congress published Frederick Douglass: A Register and Index of His Papers In the Library of Congress to assist researchers of the collection. This introduction to the Index gives a brief history of the Papers and how they came to the Library of Congress. It was originally written by Beverly Brannan, then of the Manuscript Division, and has been updated ...

    • Date: 1872
  • 1836 to 1846 -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    1836 Makes an escape plan but is discovered, jailed, and then released. He returns to work for Hugh and Sophia Auld in Baltimore and is hired out to work as a caulker in a Baltimore shipyard. The knowledge he gains there helps him escape slavery two years later. A restored photograph of Anna Murray Douglass. Biographical File. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. ...

    • Date: 1836
  • 1818 to 1835 -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    1818 Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, a slave, in Tuckahoe, Talbot County, Maryland. Mother is a slave, Harriet Bailey, and father is a white man, rumored to be his master, Aaron Anthony. He had three older siblings, Perry, Sarah, and Eliza. 1819-23 Raised by grandmother Betsey Bailey at Holme Hill Farm, where he was born; sees his mother only a few times. 1820 Sister ...

    • Date: 1818
  • 1860 to 1876 -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    1860 March Daughter Annie dies in Rochester. April Returns to the United States and is not charged in the John Brown raid. November Abraham Lincoln is elected president. December South Carolina secedes from the Union. Abraham Lincoln, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 1863. Photographic print by Alexander Gardner. Presidential File, Meserve Collection No. 59. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-12950 1861 ...

    • Date: 1860
  • 1877 to 1895 -- Frederick Douglass Papers at the Library of Congress

    1877 Douglass is appointed U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia by President Hayes. Frederick Douglass House, ("Cedar Hill") Washington, District of Columbia. 1878 Purchases Cedar Hill, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. The twenty-room house sits on nine acres of land. He later expands the estate by buying fifteen acres of adjoining land. 1881 Publishes his third and final autobiography, The Life and Times of ...

    • Date: 1877