• Former Slave, Brilliant Orator, Abolitionist Frederick Douglass Signs Document

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    Offering a 4 pp, 8 1/2 x 14, Deed of Trust signed by Frederick Douglass, September 4th, 1884, being an indenture between George J. Mueller and his wife and George F. Appleby and Henry Wise Garnett. Douglass signs on the verso in his position as Recorder of Deeds.

    Douglass was a slave who escaped and became a notable abolitionist, orator, writer and statesman.  He was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. He wrote several autobiographies, which served to aid the cause of abolitionism. He also actively supported women’s suffrage. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket.  Douglass believed in the equal rights of all people.

    Expected toning, normal folds.

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