Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Mini-Biography. Youtube Video shared by Biography.

Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. Youtube video shared by AmericanExperiencePBS

Frederick Douglass "Narrative of the life of Federick Douglass: An American Slave" audiobook. Youtube video shared by Librivox.

"Frederick Douglass: An American Life" Youtube video shared by US National Archives.

National Archives Find out more about this film, featured in "The Unwritten Record," the National Archives blog of the Special Media Archives Services Division

This post was written by Criss Kovac. Criss is the supervisor of the Motion Picture Preservation Lab.

William Greaves was a prominent African-American filmmaker and producer, working from the 1960s through the 2000s. Greaves began as an actor, becoming a member of The Actors Studio in 1948. He won an Emmy Award for the groundbreaking TV newsmagazine series Black Journal and is perhaps best known for his films Symbiopsychotaxiplasm (1968) and Ali, the Fighter (1971). Greaves’ career led him everywhere from the National Film Board of Canada, to Africa, to India and around the world. One of the stops along the way was with the National Park Service, where he made films about prominent African-Americans Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

Frederick Douglass: An American Life was released in 1985. The film was available for purchase, along with Booker T. Washington: The Life and the Legacy at museum gift shops at NPS sites that are historically tied to anti-slavery movements – such as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. The film may have also been part of public programming at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC.