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"Reconstruction and After," the fourth volume of the collected works of Frederick Douglass, brings together for the first time his writings and speeches during the crucial period, 1865-1895. These years are also covered in the section of Dr. Foner's full-scale biography of Douglass which appears in this volume. The present volume brings out Douglass' fight to give meaning to the Union victory in the Civil War by guaranteeing economic, political, and civil freedom to the Negro people. He was an outstanding leader in the campaign for the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments and, when they were…mehr

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"Reconstruction and After," the fourth volume of the collected works of Frederick Douglass, brings together for the first time his writings and speeches during the crucial period, 1865-1895. These years are also covered in the section of Dr. Foner's full-scale biography of Douglass which appears in this volume. The present volume brings out Douglass' fight to give meaning to the Union victory in the Civil War by guaranteeing economic, political, and civil freedom to the Negro people. He was an outstanding leader in the campaign for the fourteenth and fifteenth amendments and, when they were ratified, continued to battle to make these laws effective. His writings have a contemporary ring.
Autorenporträt
Frederick Douglass (February 1817 - February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave. Douglass described his experiences as a slave in his 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, which became a bestseller, and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom. After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active campaigner against slavery and wrote his last autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. Douglass also actively supported women's suffrage, and held several public offices. Without his approval, Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.