A community dialogue about slavery in America–the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage–led by Professor Thomas Merrill (Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs)
June 4, 2013, 7:30–9:00pm
Frederick Douglass’s first autobiography is one of the best-written and most widely read slave narratives. It was boldly published less than seven years after Douglass had escaped and before his freedom purchased. Prefaced by statements of support from his abolitionist friends, William Garrison and Wendell Phillips, Douglass’s book relates his experiences growing up a slave in Maryland and describes the strategies he used to learn to read and write. More than just a personal story of courage, Douglass’s account became a strong testament for the need to abolish slavery.
Please join us for a community dialogue about slavery in America – and the triumph of one man’s emancipation from bondage – informed by the classic book by Frederick Douglass. The discussion will be led by Professor Tom Merrill of the Department of Government. Professor Merrill’s research and teaching interests include political philosophy, especially early modern political philosophy, bioethics, and public policy.
All members of the American University and greater Washington, DC, communities are invited. Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and reservation is not required.
Light refreshments will be served at all events.