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The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches


The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches



In addition to a thoughtful selection of the essays, speeches, and autobiographical writings of Frederick Douglass, this anthology provides an illuminating Introduction; a timeline of Douglass’ life; footnotes that introduce individuals, quotations, and events; and a selected bibliography.



Publication Date



Hackett Publishing Company




American Politics | Civil Rights and Discrimination | Ethics and Political Philosophy | Fourteenth Amendment | History | Law and Race | Political History | Political Science | Social Influence and Political Communication | United States History


Description and reviews courtesy of Hackett Publishing Company; cover image courtesy of Amazon.

Subject Areas

Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895; African American abolitionists -- Biography; Slaves -- United States -- Biography; Antislavery movements -- United States -- History -- 19th century; African Americans -- History -- Sources; African American orators; Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- African American authors

Author/Editor Bio

Nicholas Buccola is Associate Professor of Political Science at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, an M.A. from the University of Southern California, a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Santa Clara University.


"For years I have wanted a compact, carefully edited collection of Frederick Douglass' writings and speeches spanning his whole career—from the antebellum years to the Civil War and Reconstruction to the retreat from racial democracy in the 1870s, '80s, and '90s. Finally, in Nicholas Buccola's expertly edited The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings & Speeches, I have it. Buccola has done teachers and scholars of American political thought a tremendous service by making a truly representative selection of Douglass' achievement available in an affordable volume. I am excited to assign this book to my students and share with them the full breadth of Douglass' intellectual fire." - Jack Turner, University of Washington

"The Essential Douglass is essential reading for students of American politics and American political thought. Nick Buccola does a masterful job of enriching and enhancing our acquaintance with Frederick Douglass, the author, orator, and abolitionist. In this volume, we see Douglass in his full range and in his full capacity as an American statesman." - Susan McWilliams, Pomona College

The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches