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The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass

In Pursuit of American Liberty

Buccola, Nicholas

(Book - 2012)
The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
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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. In The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass, Nicholas Buccola provides an important and original argument about the ideas that animated this reformer-statesman. Beyond his role as an abolitionist, Buccola 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, Buccola contends, shows us that the language of rights must be coupled with a robust understanding of social responsibility in order for liberal ideals to be realized. Truly an original American thinker, this book highlights Douglass's rightful place among the great thinkers in the American liberal tradition.
Publisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, c2012
ISBN: 0814787118
9780814787113
Branch Call Number: 973.8092 D737b 2012
Characteristics: x, 215 p. ;,24 cm

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"This is a well-written, incisive work that illuminates Frederick Douglass as an activist and political philosopher."-CHOICE


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