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“Man Is Neither Wood Nor Stone”: Top-Down Moral Education in Douglass’s Liberalism

Nicholas Buccola

in The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814787113
eISBN:
9780814725405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814787113.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines Douglass's understanding of the proper role of the state in educating its citizens in a way that is supportive of freedom and virtue. Douglass recognized the importance of ... More


“Friends of Freedom”: Reformers, Self-Made Men, and the Moral Ecology of Freedom

Nicholas Buccola

in The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814787113
eISBN:
9780814725405
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814787113.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines two ideal types central to Douglass's political philosophy—the Reformer and the Self-Made Man—in order to capture a sense of how he believed individuals ought to behave in order ... More


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