The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass

In Pursuit of American Liberty

Buccola, Nicholas

Book - 2012
The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
2013 Finalist, 26th Annual Oregon Best Book Award Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent figures inAfrican-American and United Stateshistory, was born a slave, but escaped to the North and became a well-knownanti-slavery activist, orator, and author. In The Political Thought ofFrederick Douglass, Nicholas Buccola provides an important and originalargument about the ideas that animated this reformer-statesman. Beyond his roleas an abolitionist, Buccola argues for the importance of understanding Douglassas a political thinker who provides deep insights into the immense challenge ofachieving and maintaining the liberal promise of freedom. Douglass, Buccolacontends, shows us that the language of rights must be coupled with a robustunderstanding of social responsibility in order for liberal ideals to berealized. Truly an original American thinker, this book highlights Douglass'srightful place among the great thinkers in the American liberal tradition. Podcast -- Nicholas Buccola on Frederick Douglass and Liberty.

Publisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, c2012
ISBN: 0814787118
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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