“Friends For Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass” provides a fascinating account of an unlikely friendship lasting over 45 years. The author, Susan Slade, spent three years researching their little-known relationship. She unearthed their letters to one another and discovered that Frederick delivered the eulogy for Susan’s father. They also gave countless speeches together.
This excellent book portrays the passion and determination of Susan and Frederick in the face of overwhelming odds. They faced angry mobs and were coated with rotten eggs as they defied the cultural norms of that time. Once the Fifteenth Amendment provided blacks- but not women- the right to vote, Susan and Frederick’s publically debated this issue. Douglass argued, “With us, the issue is a matter of life and death.”
Here are some other powerful quotes from these good friends:
Susan- Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man. The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain. Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations… can never effect a reform.
Frederick- Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. The soul that is within me no man can degrade. No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.