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Women in the World of Frederick Douglass

Many know Frederick Douglass, the great abolitionist who rose from slavery to become the most important black man of the nineteenth century and one of Rochester’s beloved residents. Yet, Douglass could not have attained such heights without the women who made him. Historian Leigh Fought, author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass, will describe the lives of Douglass’s mother and grandmother, Harriet and Betsey Bailey, his two wives, Anna Murray and Helen Pitts, the Englishwoman Julia Griffiths, Rochester activist Amy Post, and legions of others as they shaped and supported Douglass in the fight to end slavery and secure the civil rights of African Americans.

Leigh Fought is the author of Women in the World of Frederick Douglass (Oxford University Press, 2017), a biography of the great African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass through the eyes of the women who made him. She is an associate professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She has served as an associate editor on the first volume of Frederick Douglass’s correspondence at the Frederick Douglass Papers, published by Yale University Press in 2009. Her previous work includes Southern Womanhood and Slavery: A Biography of Louisa McCord (University of Missouri Press, 2003) and Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town (History Press, 2006). 

Saturday, February 10, 2018
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Central - Rundel Second Floor Conference Room
Central Library
  Department - Local History & Genealogy  

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