Frederick Douglass- Douglass was born in February 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland. He died February 20, 1895. Frederick Douglass was an African Social Reformer, orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman. After Frederick escaped slavery, he became a leader in the abolitionists' movement. He was an amazing orator, and author he wrote several autobiographies. Even after the war Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery 3 years before his death.
John Brown- (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) John Brown was a white abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to freedom for the slaves. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown's followers also were responsible for 5 deaths of slavery supporters at Pottawatomie. Later in 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry that ended with his capture. The verdict of Brown's trial was death by hanging.
Dred Scott- (circa 1799 – September 17, 1858) Dred Scott was an enslaved African American who tried, unsuccessfully, sued for his freedom along with his wife's and their two daughters in the court case known as the Dred Scott Decision. The basis of the case was that he married a free black woman named Harriet while he was in Minnesota. The vote for the Supreme Court case was 7-2 against Scott.
Abraham Lincoln- President during the Civil War. Elected in 1860, was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theatre. Person who issued the Emancipation Proclamation and gave the Gettysburg Address. A strong advocate against slavery he waged war against the South for many reasons one of the primary being the abolishing of slavery.
Jefferson Davis- Leader of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Ran operations out of the Confederacy capitol of Richmond, Virginia. He took full control of the Confederate plans but he could not suffice a plan good enough to conquer the North's strategy. Davis grew up in Kentucky to a moderately wealthy farmer and his brother even attended WestPoint. Davis's wife was killed by disease only 3 months into their marriage and the disease almost claimed Davis as well. HE suffered many health problems until death finally claimed him in 1889.
Robert E. Lee- Was an American soldier, his most well known job was commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. He did this until he surrendered to Union Army commander Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court house in 1865 thus ending the American Civil War.
Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson- A Confederate General during the Civil War. He was the she best known commander following Robert E. Lee. He served as a corps commander for a time under the command of Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia. He received his famous nickname "Stonewall Jackson" after the first battle of Manassas or the first battle of Bull Run.
Ulysses S. Grant- Was the 18th President of the United States, as Commanding General he worked very closely with Abraham Lincoln to ensure the Union's Army and therefore the North's victory over the South. He was responsible for implementing Congressional Reconstruction, and because of this often found himself at odds with Lincoln's successor, Andrew Johnson.
Andrew Johnson- The 17th President of the United States serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson only became President became President because he was the Vice-President to Lincoln at his time of assassination. Johnson was a Democrat, who quickly favored the restoration of the succeeded states, to therefore reunite the Union to its former state. Johnson implemented his own form of Reconstruction