Tag Archives: Frederick Douglass

July Fourth ramble

When it comes to July Fourth, the official birthday of the US, I’m all over the map. As people pay homage to the Founding Fathers, I’m reminded of the many slaves who sided with King George because he was offering … Continue reading

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RIP: Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela┬ádied on December 5. It’s said his given name, Rolihlahla, means “troublemaker.” Looks like he was destined to follow in the footsteps of that other humanistic troublemaker Frederick Douglass: “Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate … Continue reading

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Yale professor David Blight talks about Frederick Douglass

David Blight is professor from Yale University and expert on the Civil War. In this April lecture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the professor discusses abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his political transformation during the Civil War. I’m biased, of … Continue reading

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Happy July Fourth!

If you have followed this blog for a while you know I have a few obsessions, outside of Rick McCoy. Love Frederick Douglass. Am convinced it’s impossible to get a hold of American history, especially the Civil War, without some … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich: 1929-2012

Adrienne Rich died today. Have not read her stuff recently, but ages ago quoted her every single day. Her commitment to language and a more just world were intoxicating. There are many artists out there with that dual commitment, but … Continue reading

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