Then 23 Frederick douglass slave old, Douglass conquered his nervousness Frederick douglass slave gave an eloquent speech about his rough life as a slave. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory  and incisive antislavery writings. The 13th Amendment ratified in abolished slavery, the 14th Amendment ratified in granted national birthright citizenship, and the 15th Amendment ratified in stated nobody could be denied voting rights on the basis of race, skin color, or previous servitude. Opposition and resistance Abolitionism U. Find more about Frederick Douglass at Wikipedia's sister projects.