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Frederick Douglass' enduring lessons
Frederick Douglass once said that from his "slave experience" he was able to "elaborate quite a lengthy chapter of political philosophy, applicable to the American people." In addition to his slave experience, the Eastern Shore native elaborated quite a bit of political philosophy from his nearly 60-year career as an abolitionist, civil rights activist and statesman. Today, on the anniversary of his death in 1895, we would do well to ask: What ideas were at the core of that political philosophy? How might Douglass' ideas be useful to us today?
By Nicholas Buccola
February 20, 2012