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Anna Murray Douglass

(b. 19 October 1813?; d. 4 August 1882), first wife of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “Anna Murray-Douglass” was how Rosetta Douglass Sprague referred to her mother ...

Douglass, Anna Murray

Douglass, Anna Murray (b. c. 1813)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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..., Anna Murray ( b. c. 1813 ; d. 4 August 1882 ), the first wife of Frederick Douglass . The enigmatic first wife of Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass, has been misunderstood and misrepresented by historians as well as by her husband's associates since he first rose to fame in 1842 . Her early life, including her birth and parentage, remain sparsely documented. Most historians agree that she was the daughter of Bambarra and Mary Murray, emancipated slaves from Denton in Caroline County, Maryland. As a young adult she lived in Baltimore, Maryland,...

Douglass, Anna Murray

Douglass, Anna Murray (19 October 1813?)   Reference library

Black Women in America (2 ed.)

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..., Anna Murray (b. 19 October 1813? ; d. 4 August 1882 ), first wife of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “Anna Murray-Douglass” was how Rosetta Douglass Sprague referred to her mother in a reminiscence that tells almost all that is known about her. Determined to give the woman an identity separate from that of her husband, Sprague did not have an easy task. Of all the American women eclipsed by famous, articulate husbands, few have been subsumed more totally than Anna Douglass. Like Deborah Franklin , the wife of Benjamin Franklin , Anna...

Anna Murray Douglass

Anna Murray Douglass  

(b. 19 October 1813?; d. 4 August 1882), first wife of the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass.“Anna Murray-Douglass” was how Rosetta Douglass Sprague referred to her mother in a reminiscence ...
Charles Remond Douglass

Charles Remond Douglass  

(b. 21 October 1844; d. 24 November 1920), soldier, journalist, and government clerk.Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Charles Remond Douglass was the third and youngest son of Frederick and Anna ...
Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson  

(b. c. 1794–1797; d. 1880), the prominent black businessman and abolitionistwho gave Frederick Douglass his last name. No photograph or sketch of Nathan Johnson is known to exist, and ...
Baltimore, Maryland, Slavery In

Baltimore, Maryland, Slavery In  

Although it was by and large a slave city, Baltimore boasted a large free black population, which included Frederick Douglass's wife, Anna Murray, who worked for a postman on the ...
Harriet Bailey

Harriet Bailey  

(b. c. 1820; d. 22 April 1900), a fugitive slave.Ruth Cox Adams, a fugitive slave from Maryland, adopted the name Harriet Bailey and lived with Frederick Douglass and his ...
Caulker's Trade

Caulker's Trade  

As a caulker in Baltimore, Maryland, a major site of American shipbuilding, from 1836 to 1838, Frederick Douglass put sealant between the boards of hulls to make ships watertight. He ...
Julia Griffiths Crofts

Julia Griffiths Crofts  

(b. c. 1821; d. c. 1895), British abolitionist.One of the more controversial figures in the life of Frederick Douglass, Julia Griffiths also proved to be one of his most ...
Lewis Henry Douglass

Lewis Henry Douglass  

(b. 9 October 1840; d. 9 October 1908), a civil rights activistand a son of Frederick Douglass. Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Lewis Henry Douglass was the second child ...
Nonresistance

Nonresistance  

In September 1838, ultraistic peace activists and Garrisonian abolitionists (often one and the same), meeting in Boston, established the New England Non-Resistance Society. From its inception the ...
Feminist Movement

Feminist Movement  

Feminism is the belief that women should be equal to men in the economic, social, and political spheres. Feminism also refers to political and intellectual movements among diverse groups of ...
Free African Americans Before the Civil War (South)

Free African Americans Before the Civil War (South)  

In the decade before the Civil War, there were approximately 500,000 free African Americans in the United States, with the population split nearly equally between the free and slave states. ...
mulatto

mulatto  

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The hybrid from a Negro-white cross.
Legal Resistance

Legal Resistance  

Black women in America have been uniquely oppressed. Not surprisingly, the form, substance, and successes of their methods of resistance to such oppression have been marked by a singularly complex ...
mixed marriage

mixed marriage  

A marriage between Christians of different denominations or of a Christian and an unbaptized person. The term is used especially when one of the parties is a RC; such marriages still require the ...
Black Nationalism

Black Nationalism  

An important ideology in African American history, black nationalism is grounded in the belief that efforts to operate within a political system deemed racist and unresponsive to black needs are ...
Caulker's Trade

Caulker's Trade   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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...Maryland, Slavery in ; Civil War ; Douglass, Anna Murray ; Douglass, Frederick ; Free African Americans before the Civil War (North) ; Mexican-American War ; Racism ; and Slave Trade . Bibliography Chapelle, Howard I. The Search for Speed under Sail, 1700–1855 . New York: Norton, 1967. Douglass, Frederick . Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life; My Bondage and My Freedom; Life and Times . Edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. New York: Library of America, 1994. McFeely, William S. Frederick Douglass . New York: Norton, 1991. Delano...

Johnson, Nathan

Johnson, Nathan (1794–1797)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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...New Bedford. Douglass visited the elderly abolitionist several times between 1873 and Johnson's death from a stroke in 1880 . Douglass said of Johnson in Narrative of the Life , “I do not remember to have met a man more courageous and less ostentatious, more self-respectful and yet more modest.” The inscription on Johnson's tombstone in New Bedford's Oak Grove Cemetery reads, “Freedom for All Mankind.” See also Black Abolitionists ; Douglass, Anna Murray ; Douglass, Frederick ; Entrepreneurs ; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass ; and ...

Douglass, Charles Remond

Douglass, Charles Remond (b. 21 October 1844)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass

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...High School in Washington, D.C., and later the mayor of Highland Beach. Charles Remond Douglass died in Washington, D.C. See also Antislavery Movement ; Antislavery Press ; Black Abolitionists ; Black Press ; Civil War ; Civil War, Participation and Recruitment of Black Troops in ; Dominican Republic, Annexation of ; Douglass, Anna Murray ; Douglass, Frederick ; Douglass, Frederick, Jr. ; Douglass, Lewis Henry ; Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry Regiment ; Freedmen's Bureau ; Grant, Ulysses S. ; Haiti ; Haitian Revolutions ; Lincoln,...

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