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The Informer
12th June 2012, 09:35 PM
Frederick Douglass was a former slave who became one of the great American anti-slavery leaders of the 1800s. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland but in 1838, at age 20, he escaped.

In 1845 he visited Belfast where his firsthand depictions of slave life and arguments for emancipation moved an Irish public aroused by Daniel O’Connell’s Catholic Emancipation and Repeal campaigns.

Frederick Douglass, Belfast Speech

“He wanted the people here and everywhere to rise up, in indignant remonstrance, to tell the Americans to tear down their star-spangled banner, and, with its folds, bind up the bleeding wounds of the lacerated slaves. (Great cheering.) He might be told that they had already spoken - that the different religious bodies of this town had already recorded their opinions on slavery. He was there to thank them for doing so; but, if they had whispered merely, let them whisper no more, but speak "as the tempest does - sterner and stronger" - let them speak loud until every slave-holder heard their rebukes, and resolved to do justice to the down-trodden slave.

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Frederick Douglass on the People of Ireland, 1846

“I can truly say I have spent some of the happiest moments of my life since landing in this country. I seem to have undergone a transformation. I live a new life. The warm and generous co-operation extended to me by the friends of my despised race - the prompt and liberal manner with which the press has rendered me its aid - the glorious enthusiasm with which thousands have flocked to hear the cruel wrongs of my down-trodden and long enslaved fellow-countrymen portrayed - the deep sympathy for the slave, and the strong abhorrence of the slaveholder, everywhere evinced - the cordiality with which members and ministers of various religious bodies, and of various shades of religious opinion, have embraced me, and lent me their aid - the kind hospitality constantly proffered to me by persons of the highest rank in society - the spirit of freedom that seems to animate all with whom I come in contact - and the entire absence of every thing that looked like prejudice against me, on account of the colour of my skin - contrasted so strongly with my long and bitter experience in the United States, that I look with wonder and amazement on the transition.”

Frederick Douglass
Victoria Hotel, Belfast,
January 1, 1846
The Liberator, January, 1846

source: http://www.donegallpass.org/html/frederick_douglass_1818-95.html

Fashion Yaa
13th June 2012, 01:22 AM
Ive aleays liked this man since age 12