Frederick Douglass was born in a slave cabin, in February, 1818, near the town of Easton, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He was raised by his grandparents and at about the age of six, his grandmother took him to the plantation and left him there. He learned how to read despite his master having forbade him from doing so and he succeeded in escaping from slavery at the age of 20 by impersonating a sailor. After attending abolitionist meetings, and an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, Douglass became a lecturer for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. This work led him into public speaking and writing. He published his own newspaper, The North Star, participated in the first women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, in 1848, and wrote three autobiographies. He was internationally recognized as an uncompromising abolitionist, indefatigable worker for justice and equal opportunity, and an unyielding defender of women’s rights.