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About the Digital Edition

The Frederick Douglass Papers documents the life and work of the most influential and best-known African American of the 19th century. This online resource will ultimately contain all of the content of the multi-volume Yale University Press print edition of Douglass’s speeches, autobiographies, correspondence, and other writings and adds to this a powerful XML-based search functionality, linked cross-references, and the ability to navigate topically, chronologically, or by series volume. Additional resources by and about Douglass will be added to this website in years to come to assist both the experienced scholar and the general reader to learn more about Douglass’s many accomplishments.

About the Frederick Douglass Papers Project

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass (1818-95) became one of the most influential human rights activist of the nineteenth century, as well as an internationally acclaimed statesmen, orator, editor, and author. The Frederick Douglass Papers collects, edits, and publishes in books and online the speeches, letters, autobiographies, and other writings of Frederick Douglass. The project's primary aim has been to make the surviving works by this African American figure accessible to a broad audience, much as similar projects have done for the papers of notable white historical and literary figures.

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Published Volumes

The Frederick Douglass Papers will consist of [insert number] volumes, divided into [insert number] series: Speeches, Debates and Interviews; Autobiographical Writings; Correspondence; Journalism and Other Writings.

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