Even back in the day men weren’t ish and clearly Fredrick Douglass was one of the many… Though an eminent human rights leader in the anti-slavery movement and the first African-American citizen to hold a high U.S. government rank, that didn’t stop him from keeping his penis in his pants!
Douglas was married to his first wife Anna from 1838-1882, but during that time he started an affair with Ottilie Assing, she was a German (half-Jew) journalist for the prestigious German newspaper Morgenblatt für gebildete Leser, who traveled to Rochester, New York, in 1856 to interview Douglass. From there she spent literally the next 22 summers with the Douglass family, working on articles, the translation project, and tutoring his children.
Assing, on the other hand, was a passionate abolitionist, was politically astute, and contributed a great deal to Douglass’ work. The affair was never confined to the domestic sphere, and it was never a secret. For most of their 28 year friendship, when apart, Frederick and Ottilie weekly wrote each other. Assing was confident that, upon Anna’s death, Douglass would marry her. Oh, bitter news! He wed another woman – white, bright and 20 years his junior. Heartbroken and ill with breast cancer, Assing walked into a park, opened a tiny vial and swallowed the potassium cyanide within. Still Ottilie left Frederick Douglass as the sole heir in her will.
How do you kill yourself because he didn’t wife you AND still leave him all your ish?
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