Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist who fought for the freedom of all slaves in the United States. He was born into slavery but managed to escape and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. Douglass wrote several autobiographies detailing his experiences as a slave and as a free man, which helped to raise awareness of the horrors of slavery. He also worked as an editor for an abolitionist newspaper and gave speeches around the country calling for an end to slavery. In addition to his work as an abolitionist, Douglass also fought for the rights of women and African Americans. He was a strong advocate for education and helped to establish schools for African American children. Douglass also worked to promote civil rights and was one of the first African Americans to hold a high-ranking government position. After the Civil War, Douglass continued to work tirelessly on behalf of African Americans until his death at age 77 in 1895.