The Double Battle

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Frederick Douglass’s moral crusade.

  • Eric Foner
  • The Nation

Let me begin on a personal note. Over half a century ago, my uncle, the historian Philip S. Foner, rescued Frederick Douglass from undeserved obscurity.

Fredag 2bBeginning in 1950, he edited four volumes of Douglass’s magnificent speeches and writings, each with a long biographical introduction that chronicled his rise to international renown as a…

It is difficult to believe, given his prominence during his lifetime, but Douglass was virtually unknown outside the black community at the…

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