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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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Black Masculinity Achieves Nothing without Restorative Care

Black Masculinity Achieves Nothing without Restorative Care

An Intersectional Rearticulation of Frederick Douglass

(p.236) 7 Black Masculinity Achieves Nothing without Restorative Care
A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro

University Press of Kentucky

Drawing upon My Bondage and My Freedom and Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, this chapter explores Douglass’s efforts to build a community with his black male peers during slavery and elucidates a black male ethic of care. It takes the example of Douglass and uses it to show how black males are capable of caring relationships that are distinct from traditional frames of caring relationships. Douglass’s speech “Self-Made Men” is used as a framework for looking at Douglass through an intersectional lens and chronicles how he moved from this hyperindividual stance to the more complex thoughts in Bondage. Going into the friendships Douglass kept in his youth, this chapter uses these examples to describe the “care giver” and “care recipient” roles Douglass took on in his restorative relationships.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, black male relationships, intersectionality, My Bondage and My Freedom, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, care, restoration, self-made men

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