Frederick Douglass died #onthisday in 1895. He was the most photographed American of the nineteenth century, and also one of the most important and influential. In commemoration of Black History Month and today's anniversary of Douglass's death, here is a selection of just a few of his most powerful quotes. So many of the things Douglass wrote and said remain powerful today, well over a century after his death: -"The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery." -"I expose slavery in this country because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death." -"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted." -"Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave." -"A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people." -"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
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