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Author Myers, Peter C., 1959-

Title Frederick Douglass : race and the rebirth of American liberalism / Peter C. Myers.

Published Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.8092 DOUG/ MYER    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 265 p. ; 24 cm.
Series American political thought
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-249) and index.
Contents 1. "Killed All the Day Long": The True Philosophy of Slavery -- 2. The Moral Government of the Universe: Natural Rights, Natural Law, and the Natural Demise of Slavery -- 3. "The Pound of Flesh, but Not One Drop of Blood": The Constitution against Slavery -- 4. "Let Us Alone": Race and the Constitution of Liberty -- 5. The Waves and the Sea: Race, America, and Humanity.
Summary "For Frederick Douglass, the iconic nineteenth-century slave and abolitionist, the foundations for his arguments in support of racial equality rested on natural rights and natural law - and the bold proclamation of the Declaration of Independence that all men are created equal. But because many Americans never observed this principle - and in Douglass's day even renounced it - he made it his life's work to move the nation toward this vision of a more noble liberalism. Peter Myers now considers that effort and the natural rights arguments by which Douglass confronted race in America." "Myers examines the philosophic core of Douglass's political thought, offering a greater understanding of its depth and coherence. He depicts Douglass as the leading thinker to apply the Founders' doctrine of natural rights to the plight of African Americans - an activist who grounded his arguments in the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and the inherent injustice not only of slavery but of any form of racial discrimination." "Myers finds in Douglass's political thought the foundations of a revitalized argument for the mainstream civil rights, integrationist tradition of African American political thought. His analysis offers a new way of looking at an important thinker, as well as a compelling case for hoping that race relations in America will improve over time."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 -- Political and social views.
Liberalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Natural law -- History -- 19th century.
Constitutional history -- United States.
African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780700615728 (cloth : alk. paper)
0700615725 (cloth : alk. paper)