Against the Grain

Frederick Douglass on Race and Democracy

Born a slave, Frederick Douglass became a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. Juliet Hooker recognizes Douglass as a democratic thinker, one who looked to Latin America for instruction and inspiration. Hooker discusses Douglass’s views toward African-American emigration, the contemplated U.S. annexation of Santo Domingo, and the Haitian Revolution.

Juliet Hooker, Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos Oxford University Press, 2017

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