|On December 3, 1847, Frederick Douglass began publishing the newspaper, the "North Star." Douglass became the leading Black abolitionist. He had been born a slave in 1817. as a young boy, he had been a house servant in Baltimore, where his white playmates taught him to read. In 1838, he escaped from slavery. He became a great orator. His publishing of the "North Star" marked a break with Lloyd Garrison, the publisher of the "Liberator," who felt that there was no need for two newspapers. Douglass, on the other hand, felt that there was need for a more active role for Black abolitionists in the abolitionist movement.