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A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass$
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Neil Roberts

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813175621

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813175621.001.0001

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Lectures on Liberation

Lectures on Liberation

(p.107) 4 Lectures on Liberation
A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass

Angela Y. Davis

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter presents a selection of the lectures that Professor Angela Davis gave in her “Recurring Philosophical Themes in Black Literature” course at the University of California, Los Angeles. These lectures are meant to highlight the less talked about parts of the history and enslavement of black people and to place that history in an illuminating philosophical context. Two lectures are presented in this chapter. The first explains one of the central pillars of oppression, how keeping an oppressed class ignorant and uneducated is a key way to keep them in a disadvantaged state, and uses the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to show certain philosophical themes. For the second lecture, Davis uses the Narrative once again to show the contradictory way slaveholders practiced Christianity and justified unfreedom through religious texts.

Keywords:   Slaves, slavery, Frederick Douglass, Angela Davis, philosophy, Christianity, religion, resistance, freedom, blacks

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