Man of

Human Rights and Justice

Douglass came to believe that the Constitution was a pro-liberty document at heart. Rather than throw it away and start over, Douglass believed it was better to call Americans to be true to its original principles.

“‘What shall we do with the negro?’ I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us!”

A full century before the Civil Right Movement, Douglass would choose to sit in an area (on a train or in a restaurant) reserved for whites, forcing those who objected to his presence to physically remove him. Sometimes strangers unexpectedly stood up for him.

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