1856 – Frederick Douglass Speaks in Beaver Dam

On this date arrived in and spoke about the brutality and immorality of slavery. His speech was also intended to generate support for the in Dodge Co. and Wisconsin. A former runaway slave and leading orator and author of the abolitionist movement, Douglass is regarded as one of the most influential Americans of theĀ 19th century. [Source: Wisconsin Local History Network]