In the midst of all his fame and celebrity, he never lost his love for Maryland and the Eastern Shore. He would make four return trips to Talbot County over the next 40 years. In June of 1877, he returned to St. Michaels to make peace with Captain Thomas Auld, whom he had bitterly (and, as he admitted then, unfairly) denounced in his abolitionist newspaper. In November of 1878, he returned to Easton as a guest of the Talbot County Republican Party, to make speeches at two African Methodist Episcopal churches and to a mixed audience in the main courtroom in the Court House. During this trip he also made a pilgrimage to Tappers Corner to try to find his grandmother's cabin and his birthplace. Unfortunately, the cabin was gone. In June 1881, Douglass returned to Wye House for the first time since his boyhood, and was received by the then-owner's 18-year-old son and given a glass of wine in the house. And, on his final trip in March of 1893, he was reportedly in Talbot County to examine possible retirement homes. Up to his death in 1895, Douglass never lost his fondness for the landscape, culture and community of the Eastern Shore.
Why is he considered so historically important? First, Douglass is one of the earliest celebrated minorities, one of the few who was recognized and acclaimed even in his own time. Second, Frederick Douglass is the ultimate self-made man. As a society, we continually revere the person who can rise from low beginnings to achieve great heights, and Douglass, rising from the ultimate rags of slavery to the riches of fame and political stature, is the perfect example of the American ideal. And, last, Douglass' life and his battles represent many of the most important and socially significant issues in American history and especially in the rapidly changing society of the 19th century. The struggles that defined Douglass' life and the firm belief he held in the equality of all humans remain relevant and significant today.
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Douglass, Frederick. Life and Times of Frederick Douglass: His Early Life as a Slave, His Escape from Bondage, and His Complete History to the Present Time. Boston, 1892.
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Rising from the harsh and bitter realities of his childhood as a Talbot County slave, Frederick Douglass grew to be a noted orator, writer, publisher, politician, entrepreneur, political activist, national celebrity and historical figure. He left an indelible mark on the social, economic and political landscape of the 19th century, and will forever stand as one of Talbot County's most important native sons.
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Blight, David W. Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln: A Relationship in Language, Politics, and Memory. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2001.