Frederick Douglass, American abolitionist, writer, orator and statesman. He escaped slavery at 20 years old, and adopted the surname Douglass from the hero in Sir Walter Scott's "The Lady of the Lake".
1848 portrait of a young Frederick Douglass, former slave turned author and activist/abolitionist - He became was the first black man to be received at the White House by President Abraham Lincoln. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images)
John Brown abolitionist who advocated armed rebellion by slaves. He slaughtered pro-slavery settlers in Kansas and in 1859 was hanged by Virginia for leading an unsuccessful slave insurrection at Harpers Ferry.
Frederick Douglas~was an American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing.