Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Actress Alfre Woodard narrates this look at the life of Frederick Douglass, an influential 19th century civil rights activist. As this PBS program unfolds, viewers learn that Douglass was a slave at birth who was taught to read as a young boy by a slave owner's wife. As he grew older and continued his education on his own, Douglass began to see the common threads that tie many civil rights injustices together. He became a member of the Abolitionist movement and was an early supporter of women's rights. Interviews with historians and others clearly indicate that Douglass was a highly persuasive speaker and learned man. He even served as a consultant to President Lincoln during the Civil War. Footage and photos of places where Douglass lived and worked help bring his story to life.
activism, Civil-Rights, diplomat, journalism