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Frederick Douglass


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June 2002: Born 1818. Negro Slave who escaped to the North and became a leading abolitionist.
http://www.ggw.org/freenet/f/fdm/chronol.html

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April 2010: 'The African role in the slave trade was fully understood and openly acknowledged by many African-Americans even before the Civil War. For Frederick Douglass, it was an argument against repatriation schemes for the freed slaves. “The savage chiefs of the western coasts of Africa, who for ages have been accustomed to selling their captives into bondage and pocketing the ready cash for them, will not more readily accept our moral and economical ideas than the slave traders of Maryland and Virginia,” he warned. “We are, therefore, less inclined to go to Africa to work against the slave trade than to stay here to work against it.”'

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23gates.html

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Apr 23, 2010 Ending the Slavery Blame-Game

QUOTE: how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture and sale of human beings for immense economic gain. While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played.

New York Times