How did Frederick Douglass influence people?  

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Frederick Douglass was a champion in the cause of the abolition of slavery. He was a very good writer, but his greatest impact was his strong oratory ability. So powerful were his words that he caught the attention of President Abraham Lincoln and was an important advisor to the president. Because of Douglass's experience as a slave, he was a very credible opponent of the institution of slavery and his efforts can be considered important to the drafting of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Douglass was the most important civil rights leader of his era. He was easily the most recognizable and well-known African-American in the United States at the time. During the civil war, he was asked to recruit African-American soldiers to fight for the cause. After the war ended, Douglass could have easily retired and looked back at his achievements. He did not feel that his life work was completed however and fought for civil rights and educational opportunities for the freed slaves. Douglass was also involved in women's rights causes. It can be said that through the words of Frederick Douglass, many Americans were motivated to fight for important causes like abolition, equality, and opportunity.

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