Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Self-made Man

Book - 2018
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Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become one of the nation's foremost intellectuals--a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. Unlike other leading abolitionists, however, Douglass embraced the U.S. Constitution, insisting that it was an essentially anti-slavery document and that its guarantees for individual rights belonged to all Americans, of whatever race. Douglass spoke in his most popular lecture, "Self-Made Men," of people who rise through their own effort and devotion rather than circumstances of privilege. "If they have traveled far, they have made the road on which they have travelled. If they have ascended high, they have built their own ladder." In this fast-paced biography, lawyer and author Timothy Sandefur examines the life and ideas of the nation's foremost "self-made man"―from his horrific experiences in slavery and his heroic escape to his eloquent demands for equal treatment by the federal government and his later career as statesman and intellectual.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Cato Institute, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781944424855
1944424857
Call Number: 973.8092 SANDEFUR
Characteristics: 143 pages ; 23 cm
Subjects: Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895.
African American abolitionists -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography
African American orators -- United States -- Biography.
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