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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818[3] – February 20, 1895) was an African-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[4] and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.[5][6] Many Northerners also found it hard to believe that such a great orator had been a slave.[7] A firm believer in the equality of all people, whether black, female, Native American, or recent immigrant, Douglass famously said, "I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong. Life as a slave Douglass around 29 years of age. WikiMiniAtlas The exact date of Douglass's birth is unknown. He spoke of his earliest times with his mother: From slavery to freedom Abolitionist and preacher Autobiography

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Albert Wendt Albert Wendt ONZ CNZM (born 1939) is a Samoan poet and writer who also lives in New Zealand. Among his works is Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979). Biography[edit] Albert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa. Wendt is of German heritage through his great-grandfather from his patrilineal ancestry, which he reflected it in some of his poetry works.[fn 1][2] He studied at Ardmore Teacher's College and at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an M.A. in History.

Awakening with Suzanne Lie Transmuting Gaia’s Core Dear Arcturians: I have many questions, but I know the answers are inside and I got lost in the third dimension again. I had this meeting that I was looking forward to and I got busy. Heraclitean Fire » Leaves of the Banyan Tree by Albert Wendt I think the blurb gives a pretty good idea of what kind of book this is: An epic spanning three generations, Leaves of the Banyan Tree tells the story of a family and community in Western Samoa, exploring on a grand scale such universal themes as greed, corruption, colonialism, exploitation, and revenge. Winner of the 1980 New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award, it is considered a classic work of Pacific literature. It is, in other words, a Big Novel about Important Things. And although it occasionally feels a bit self-consciously epic, on the whole I think it pulls it off. It’s the story of Tauilopepe, a matai in the village of Sapepe.

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