Frederick Douglass Quotes

Judge Taney can do many things, but he cannot…change the essential nature of things—making evil good, and good, evil.

 
Context
Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, 1777-1864, had written the infamous Dred Scott decision requiring free states to return escaped slaves from the South. This decision widened the gap between North and South and made the Civil War almost inevitable. See {584921}.
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass
  • Born: February 14, 1817
  • Died: February 20, 1895
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Abolitionist, Suffragist, Author, Editor, Diplomat

Frederick Douglass was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, 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. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.