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Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man Paperback – March 6, 2018
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"[Timothy Sandefur is] an inspired choice to write a short biography of this fierce defender of individualism." - George F. Will
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Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. He also holds the Institute's Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government. His books include The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law (Cato Institute, 2010), The Conscience of the Constitution (Cato Institute, 2014), and The Permission Society (Encounter Books, 2016).
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Douglass’s views of the Constitution identity politics and the nations founding civil rights are out of favor with many in the black community. Ta-Nehisi Coates said that this nation was founded on the idea of white supremacy. While Douglass said that the Constitution and the founding documents of this country “was a glorious document of liberty”. He consistently held the ideas of John Locke and the founding fathers that the role of government to protect the property of its citizens and leave them alone. But Douglass also criticized the hypocrisy of the American system and criticized Americans for failing to live up to those high ideals. His goals was not to destroy the American system and the American constitution his goal was to be included in it. With Douglass’s constant cries of equality under the law and they should be best left alone.
The Essential Douglass: Selected Writings and Speeches
Sandefur shows how Douglass’s ideas, style, and methods influenced in various ways thinkers and activists such as Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Martin Luther King, Jr. He details Douglass’ self-made rise from bondage to dining with and influencing U.S. Presidents.
The one “problem” with the book is that it will inspire you to go out and read more about Douglass and by Douglass.