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How Frederick Douglass's first speech got him noticed

February 14, 2013 By Paige Scofield

Frederick Douglass, whose birthday is honored on February 14, was born a slave in 1818, and now remembered for his eloquence, activism, and fearless championing against slavery.

On the road to freedom, one (gradual) step at a time

March 15, 2011 By Sarah Winski

There are several reasons why the Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery is a remarkable document. First, a fun fact: It’s signed by Thomas Paine of Common Sense.

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