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The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty

Nicholas Buccola


Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures in African-American and United States history, was born a slave, but escaped to the North and became a well-known anti-slavery activist, orator, and author. This book provides an important and original argument about the ideas that animated this reformer-statesman. Beyond his role as an abolitionist, the book argues for the importance of understanding Douglass as a political thinker who provides deep insights into the immense challenge of achieving and maintaining the liberal promise of freedom. Douglass shows us that the language of rights ... More

Keywords: Frederick Douglass, slave, anti-slavery activist, abolitionist, freedom, social responsibility, American liberal tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814787113
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814787113.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Buccola, author