During the summer of 1841, just three years after Frederick Douglass escaped to freedom, he decided to attend an antislavery convention that was being held in Nantucket.

An island off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket was the center for the whaling industry in the early 1800s. Whalers left Nantucket in their ships and sailed all around the world bringing back new ideas and new ways of thinking. It was a place where abolitionists gathered to discuss new strategies to end slavery and enlist new members among their ranks.

By the end of the meeting, Frederick Douglass had been asked to join the abolitionist cause and become an antislavery speaker. It was the beginning of his new and life-long career.