Frederick Douglass, a leading American abolitionist and former slave rejected all biblical justifications of slavery after living under the cruel institution himself. Douglass once said "Between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference". His master's wife taught him to read at a very young age, and as a result Douglass shared this knowledge with other slaves, encouraging them to read the New Testament and interpret Jesus Christ's message of equality. When he escaped slavery, Douglass settled and joined an integrated Methodist church where he met and befriended fellow abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. When he started his own weekly journal, The North Star, he challenged readers to question the contradiction between the institution of slavery and America's Christianity.