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The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass
In Pursuit of American Liberty
Nicholas Buccola
 
225 pages
April, 2012
ISBN: 9780814787113
 
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$70.00 Cloth
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Subjects: Political Science, History, African-American Studies
 
2013 Finalist, 26th Annual Oregon Best Book Award

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.

 

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