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  • Frederick Douglass: America's Valentine

    Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to eat chocolate, dote on freshly delivered red roses, and to celebrate the 19th century abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

    Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore sometime in February 1818, Frederick Douglass was given the improbably dignified name “Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.” Like many people born into slavery, Frederick Douglass did not know his exact birthday.  He chose February 14th, because his mother, who died when Douglass was around eight years-old, called him her “little valentine.”

    We can celebrate Frederick Douglass by honoring the principles he held dear. Douglass became devoted to America and its founding after close study of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Coming out of slavery, Douglass had been influenced by abolitionists who blamed America’s Constitution and its founding for the sin of slavery. In America’s dedication to principles of natural human rights set forth in the Declaration of Independence, he eventually found reason to love and identify with his country.  He came to understand that America’s original sin was not in its founding principles but a deviation from its founding principles.

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    3 Responses to Frederick Douglass: America's Valentine

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      "[Frederick Douglass] came to understand that America’s original sin was not in its founding principles but a deviation from its founding principles."

      For those who say America is broke and need to be fixed, need to look to Frederick Douglass for inspiration. America has never been broke, what we have now is a serious deviation of our founding principals! There are no "fixes" neccessary, we just need to go back to what the founders had in mind.

    2. Bobbie says:

      I agree Mr. Douglas is inspirational! It leads me to wonder if the magnificence of this man is standard in history class? Obviously NOT! It begs me to wonder why al sharpton and jesse jackson do not display the inner strength of this beautiful human being and all his truth?! Oh that's right, jackson and sharpton want the world to see (some) people in belittlement mode.

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