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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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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass

Herbert J. Storing

, Neil Roberts
University Press of Kentucky

This chapter looks at Frederick Douglass’s through a Straussian argument that the black’s greatest struggle was the struggle to become part of the American political community. His own struggle to become part of the civilization that white men possessed at the time was based in this desire for there to be a black presence in American politics. Douglass saw that the transition to include African Americans in politics must be done without damaging the basic structure of that civilization. He also stressed how blacks needed to make the most of the opportunities that were available to them so that more opportunities could open up, not just for them but for the community at large. He strove for blacks to work and be the best at what they do because their doing so would disrupt the system and lead to justice.

Keywords:   Frederick Douglass, racism, blacks, politics, Straussian, African American

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