Frederick Douglass was one of the most pivotal figures in the abolitionist movement leading up to the Civil War and the end of slavery in the United States. Today, the self-taught author, speaker, publisher, and activist is revered as a pioneering African American civil rights leader. This engaging book for young readers follows the major events in Douglass's life, from his birth in slavery and escape to his involvement in the abolitionist movement and post, Civil War activist causes. Readers learn about his influence on later civil rights leaders and movements. Vocabulary and Quick Fact boxes present the reader with important terms and information.