"The Speeches of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass

The Speeches of Frederick Douglass A Critical Edition Frederick Douglass, John R. McKivigan, Julie Husband, Heather L. Kaufman

Publication date:
23 Oct 2018
Yale University Press
656 pages: 210 x 140mm
5 b-w illus.

This volume brings together twenty of Frederick Douglass’s most historically significant speeches on a range of issues, including slavery, abolitionism, civil rights, sectionalism, temperance, women’s rights, economic development, and immigration. Douglass’s oratory is accompanied by speeches that he considered influential, his thoughts on giving public lectures and the skills necessary to succeed in that endeavor, commentary by his contemporaries on his performances, and modern-day assessments of Douglass’s effectiveness as a public speaker and advocate.

John R. McKivigan is Mary O’Brien Gibson Professor of United States History at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is the general editor of Yale’s Frederick Douglass Papers series. Julie Husband is Professor of Language and Literatures at Northern Iowa University. Heather L. Kaufman is Research Associate with the Frederick Douglass Papers.