48. Happy Holidays: Two Speeches by Frederick Douglass

Posted on 15 March 2020

In two speeches marking holidays, Frederick Douglass champions the idea of world citizenship, the power of appeals to conscience to bring change, and the role of violence.

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Further Reading

• D.W. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: 2018).

• N. Bromell, "'A Blending of Opposite Qualities': Frederick Douglass and the Demands of Democratic Citizenship," in N. Roberts (ed.), A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (Lexington: 2018), 409-436.

• N. Buccola, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (New York: 2012).

• D.B. Chesebrough, Frederick Douglass: Oratory from Slavery (Westport: 1998).

• J.A. Colaiaco, Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July (New York: 2006).

• J. Frank, Constituent Moments: Enacting the People in Postrevolutionary America (Durham: 2010), ch. 7.

• F.M. Kirkland, "Enslavement, Moral Suasion, and Struggles for Recognition: Frederick Douglass's Answer to the Question - 'What is Enlightenment?'" in B.M. Lawson and F.M. Kirkland (eds), Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader (Malden: 1999), 243-310.

• S. Meer, "Douglass as Orator and Editor," in M.S. Lee (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass (New York: 2009), 46-59.

• C.W. Mills, Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (Ithaca: 1998), ch. 8.

• P.C. Myers, Frederick Douglass: Race and the Rebirth of American Liberalism (Lawrence: 2008).

• I.C.K. Nwankwo, "Douglass's Black Atlantic: The Caribbean," in M.S. Lee (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass (New York: 2009), 146-159.

• N. Roberts (ed.), A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (Lexington: 2018).

• D.E. Schrader, "Natural Law in the Constitutional Thought of Frederick Douglass," in B.M. Lawson and F.M. Kirkland (eds), Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader (Malden: 1999), 85-99.

Comments

Bradley Donovan 25 March 2020

I've been greatly enjoying the podcast. Thanks for all the work. I'm currently in Augustine and the patristics. I have seldom heard them get a fair shake. Thanks. When you get into the later 20th century, could you please cover Cornelius VanTil and Greg Bahnsen? I'd like to hear what you think about their ideas.

Thanks, glad you are enjoying it! You might want to remind me in 15 years or whatever when I get that far...

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