January 24, 2023

Today in History: Frederick Douglass

Last Updated on September 11, 2022

The fugitive's song
Today in History–September 03–the Library of Congress features the escape from slavery of Frederick Douglass on this day in 1838. Born into slavery, Douglass became a renowned abolitionist, journalist, author, and human rights advocate. Learn more about this remarkable man who never ceased advocating for freedom by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and primary source learning activities related to Frederick Douglass.

Primary sources

Periodical articles by Frederick Douglass

Periodical articles about Frederick Douglass

Secondary sources

Teaching resources


  1. Is there a transcript available for this? It’s difficult to read the text.

    • TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus says

      If you are referring to the image at the top of the post you can try to download and view the TIF file.

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