Frederick Douglass in His Study at Cedar Hill, photograph c.1890
-Courtesy of National Park Service, Museum Management Program and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Frederick Douglass, FRDO3886.

Frederick Douglass published three autobiographies that he wrote himself.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass was his first.
My Bondage and My Freedom was his second.
Life and Times of Frederick Douglass was his third.

Many biographies have also been written about Frederick Douglass by different authors, including these online versions.
Frederick Douglass: The Orator by James M. Gregory
Frederick Douglass: The Colored Orator by Frederick M. Holland
Frederick Douglass by Charles W. Chesnutt
Frederick Douglass by Booker T. Washington

Frederick Douglass loved to read. He kept many books in his home in Cedar Hill. If you’d like to see a list of about 2,000 titles of books he owned, visit the Collections page at the National Park Service. Download the file containing this list.

Frederick Douglass made many speeches that were so famous, they were published. To read some of his speeches, click on these following links:
“The Lessons of the Hour,” his last speech given at his church, the Metropolitan AME

To download and view a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings of the funeral services of Frederick Douglass, click on the link to visit a collection of Rochester Images.

For more information about black troops in the Civil War, read these online books:
William Wells Brown’s book, The Negro in the American Rebellion
George Washington William’s book, A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion.

Did your ancestor fight in the Civil War? Research his military records by typing in his name on this Civil War Site.

Autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs from many people who lived during his lifetime and knew Frederick Douglass have been digitized and put online. Some have been published and can also be purchased to read in book form.

Sergeant Major Christian Fleetwood kept a pocket diary during his term of service with the Fourth USCT. You can view his diary at this site.

Susie King Taylor: Frederick Douglass rejoiced when black troops formed to help fight for the Union in the Civil War. Susie King Taylor shares memories of her work as nurse for the 1st South Carolina Volunteers in her autobiography, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp.

Harriet Tubman: Frederick Douglass gladly wrote an endorsement for Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, the biography of his friend who was known as Moses because she personally rescued hundreds of slaves and led them to freedom in spite of great danger .