Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Mar 24, 2015 - History - 256 pages

On July 5th, 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of the greatest orators of all time, delivered what was arguably the century's most powerful abolition speech. At a time of year where American freedom is celebrated across the nation, Douglass eloquently summoned the country to resolve the contradiction between slavery and the founding principles of our country. In this book, James A. Colaiaco vividly recreates the turbulent historical context of Douglass' speech and delivers a colorful portrait of the country in the turbulent years leading to the civil war. This book provides a fascinating new perspective on a critical time in American history.

 

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Colaiaco (Sch. of Continuing & Professional Studies, NYU;Martin Luther King, Jr. ) offers a critical evaluation of the magisterial address that Frederick Douglass, the preeminent African American ... Read full review

Contents

Copyright Notice
Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July
Narrating Americas Revolutionary Past
Converting to the United States Constitution
A Nation on the Brink
The Dred Scott Decision and the American Dilemma
The United States Constitution Is AntiSlavery
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
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James A. Colaiaco received his Ph.D. in intellectual history from Columbia, and has for the past twenty-five years taught Great Books at New York University in the General Studies Program at NYU. Colaiaco is author of Socrates against Athens: Philosophy on Trail, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence, and James Fitzjames Stephen and the Crisis of Victorian Thought.

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