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Frederick DouglassAmerica's Prophet$
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D. H. Dilbeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636184

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636184.001.0001

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An Antislavery Constitution and a Righteous Violence

An Antislavery Constitution and a Righteous Violence

(p.75) 6 An Antislavery Constitution and a Righteous Violence
Frederick Douglass

D. H. Dilbeck

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the most important intellectual development in Douglass’s adult life prior to the Civil War—his evolving views on the U.S. Constitution and the role of violence in the antislavery struggle. The chapter explains how Douglass came to believe that the Constitution was antislavery, not proslavery as he previously believed. The chapter also explains Douglass’s complicated views on the sometimes-appropriate role of violence in liberating slaves. For both topics, the chapter shows how the core convictions of Douglass’s faith shaped his views.

Keywords:   Slavery and the U.S. Constitution, Slavery and Violence, Abolitionism and the U.S. Constitution, Abolitionism and Violence, Moral suasion, Religion and the U.S. Constitution

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