The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty

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NYU Press, Apr 9, 2012 - Political Science - 215 pages
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This is a scholarly book, concerned with the scholarly/political question of WWFDD (what would Frederick Douglass do?) in regard to specific policies disputed between classical and reform liberalism ... Read full review

Contents

Frederick Douglass in the American Mind
158
Notes
171
Bibliography
201
About the Author
215
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Nicholas Buccola is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Linfield College.

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