The Frederick Douglass celebrity doll depicts him as himself, an American statesman, publisher, editor, orator and abolitionist. The soft plush doll was made by The Unemployed Philosophers Guild in 2021 and is part of the Little Thinkers® collection and sells for $23.95 at www.philosophersguild.com.
Douglass was born into slavery and was sold to a family in Maryland when he was 8 years old. The wife of the owner taught him to read and he escaped to New York where he as free when he was 20. He became so famous as an orator and leader of the abolitionist movement that he had to escape to England when his prior owner came after him. Friends and family ended up raising money to buy his freedom from the man, so he could return home to the US. He is famous for his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass™ and being an extraordinary statesmen for the end of slavery and women’s rights.
1818 – February 20, 1895
“To talk of kindness entering into a relation in which one party is robbed of wife, of children, of his hard earnings, of home, of friends, of society, of knowledge, and of all that makes this life desirable, is most absurd, wicked, and preposterous.”
World-renowned orator, abolitionist, and statesman Frederick Douglass not only published two newspapers(“The North Star” and “Frederick Douglass’ Paper”), but authored the classic “Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.” He escaped from slavery but was obliged later to purchase his freedom after his autobiography named his former captor. Douglass advised President Lincoln, advocated for women’s rights (he attended the 1848 Seneca Falls convention), and became Consul General to Haiti.
The plush doll comes wearing a rust red business suit with a sewn in brown vest which can be removed. The matching pants have an elastic waist and are also removable.. Underneath is a white shirt and brown ribbon bow tie. The shirt is sewn in as part of the upper body. The felt black shoes are sewn in as part of the stuffed body which is black from the waist down to the shoes.
The face is embroidered with brown eyes, rust red lips, and black facial hair. The stuffed round nose and stick out ears on sewn on. The hair is brown and curly and cover the entire head.
The doll is stuffed and weighted so it sits up and balances on the bottom of the doll’s butt.
The plush Frederick Douglass doll comes packaged in a plastic bag and has a biographical tag attached to the jacket collar.
You can get current market prices for the Frederick Douglass doll by using this links. The Celebrity Doll Museum has affiliate accounts with Ebay and Amazon. It can also be purchased directly from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. They occasionally have sales if you purchase three dolls at a time.