Ohio History Journal

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    Brilliant Thoughts and Important Truths

    A Speech of Frederick Douglass


    edited by LARRY GARA


    In the spring of 1852 Frederick Douglass visited Cincinnati to attend an

    antislavery convention. Douglass, a former slave, had already gained national

    renown as a writer, editor, and speaker.1 While in Cincinnati Douglass fre-

    quently spoke and also took the occasion to carry his message to another

    town in the area, Harveysburg in Warren County, Ohio, where he addressed

    a church congregation. In his speech2 Douglass predicted an end to slavery