Frederick Douglass in Galt

Frederick Douglass in Galt

by David Menary


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Before the American Civil War, and almost a decade before Confederation, abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass visited Galt (present-day Cambridge, Ontario), Canada West. It was mid-December 1857, and he lectured about ""The Brotherhood of Nations."" Douglass was a familiar figure on the lecture circuit, having helped many fugitive slaves flee to Canada through the Underground Railroad. Although Douglass had been a close associate of radical abolitionist John Brown, he also developed a friendship with President Abraham Lincoln that lasted until Lincoln's assassination by John Wilkes Booth.

The lecture series that winter in Galt included other well-known speakers, but all other speeches were free to the residents of the town, except for the Douglass lecture, for which there was a 12-and-a-half cent admission charge. Proceeds helped defray travel costs for Douglass, and fund his anti-slavery newspaper in Rochester, N.Y.

When he died in 1895, he was one of the best-known men in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781304991478
Publication date: 01/21/2015
Pages: 62
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)

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