Frederick Douglass, the renowned U.S. abolitionist orator, was born into slavery in 1818, learned to read, was converted to Christ in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and escaped his master at the age of 20 to spend the rest of his life working to liberate African-Americans. He went on speaking tours, but the more famous he became, the more he had to worry about being captured and returned to slavery. He went to England in 1845 and while there, his American friends bought his freedom. He became a fierce critic of churches that refused to repudiate slavery.

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