Against the Grain

Frederick Douglass and the Politics of Rage

What role can rage play in political struggle? Doesn’t rage impede one’s ability to think clearly and respond effectively? William Sokoloff contends that rage is a fundamental component of democratic citizenship. He describes how Frederick Douglass used rage to fuel and sharpen his critiques of slavery.

William Sokoloff, Confrontational Citizenship: Reflections on Hatred, Rage, Revolution, and Revolt SUNY Press, 2017

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