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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
He was one of the foremost orators and abolitionists of the 19th century. He was also a feminist who actively worked for woman's suffrage. He was a Christian who opposed the use of the King James Bible in public schools as a violation of the separation of church and state. He was a former slave and designated spokesman for black people whose second marriage was to a white woman. Frederick Douglass was highly praised and soundly criticized by blacks and whites alike, but through it all he maintained a consistent and powerful moral voice calling upon this nation to measure up to the ideals on which it claimed to be founded, calling upon Christians to live their faith with acts of justice and compassion, calling upon all individuals to recognize the bond of humanity which does not stop at a sign saying "Whites only."
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