A compendium of many of my previous writings on these topics, which remain relevant today.
The escaped slave called the Constitution "a glorious liberty document" that justified extending equality to blacks and women.
Armed with the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the far-reaching guarantees of liberty and equality that they contained, Douglass took the fight directly to the slaveholders.
Slavery, the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Douglass' classic speech is an indictment of slavery, racism, and American hypocrisy - but also includes a great deal of praise of the American Revolution.
Frederick Douglass: "There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour."
Though Juneteenth is first and foremost a celebration of the end of slavery, the day has evolved in the 21st century.
“What is freedom? It is the right to choose one’s own employment. Certainly it means that, if it means anything,” thundered Frederick Douglass.
A bizarre New York Times piece knocks down a strawman.
A new appreciation of the great abolitionist on the 200th anniversary of his birth.