2623 - The Importance of Frederick Douglass and the Reconstruction Era w/ David Blight
The Majority Report with Sam Seder
Sam hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning Yale Historian David Blight to discuss his recent biography of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and how the Reconstruction era lives on in our contemporary politics. Sam and Blight take a deep dive into Frederick Douglass the orator and the ways his politics and activism altered between radical and pragmatism. Then Sam and Blight place Douglass in the larger historical context of reconstruction and post-reconstruction and how we are still living in the political reality forged after the Civil War. Become a member of the Majority Report today! Check out the Brand New Majority Report Merch Shop https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ (Merch issues and concerns can be addressed here: firstname.lastname@example.org) The AM Quickie is now on YouTube Subscribe to the AM Quickie at https://fans.fm/amquickie Make the AMQ part of your Alexa Flash Briefing too! You can now watch the livestream on Twitch Check out today's sponsors: ZipRecruiter sends your job to over 100 of the web’s leading job sites. But they don’t stop there. With their powerful matching technology, ZipRecruiter scans thousands of resumes to find people with the right experience and invite them to apply to your job. Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE, my listeners can go to ZipRecruiter.com/majority LiquidIV: Proper hydration is crucial for your immune system and can boost your immunity. Liquid I.V. has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a banana. It’s packed with Vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12 – vitamins known to help your body defend against infections – and made effective through Cellular Transport Technology. Now you can get 25 percent off when you go to LiquidIV.com and use code MAJORITYREP at checkout. Grove: Grove Collaborative takes the guesswork out of going green. Browse the site for thousands of home, beauty, and personal care products, all guaranteed to be good for you, your family, your home, and the planet. For a limited time, when listeners go to Grove.co/MAJORITY you will get to choose a FREE gift with your first order of $30 or more. Watch the Nomiki Konst Show on YouTube at 3 pm! Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.substack.com/ Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein’s newsletter at theend.substack.com Check out The Nomiki Show at patreon.com/thenomikishow Check out Matt’s podcast, Literary Hangover, at Patreon.com/LiteraryHangover, or on iTunes. Check out Jamie’s podcast, The Antifada, at patreon.com/theantifada, on iTunes, or at twitch.tv/theantifada Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @NomikiKonst @MattLech @BF1nn
15 | Professor Christine Kinealy, World Renowned Expert on Frederick Douglass, and His Transformative Time in Ireland
An Inspired Life
Professor Christine Kinealy, an internationally acclaimed expert on the impact of the Great Irish Famine as well as the relationship between poverty and famine in India, Spain, Canada, France, Finland and New Zealand. She has spoken to invited audiences in the British Parliament and in the U.S. Congress.Christine Kinealy, Professor of History and Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, will provide insights into the four months Douglass spent in Ireland, with attention to his belief that the cause of the slave was the cause of the oppressed everywhere.
Women in the World of Frederick Douglass with Leigh Fought
Leigh Fought, Ph.D., professor at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, recounts Frederick Douglass's 25 years in Rochester, New York, an area that was known as the "Burned over" District in the 1840's period of America. A hotbed of religious and social movements, Quakers, Abolitionists, Methodists and Suffragettes gained momentum in this area of Upper State and Central New York which was still considered the Western Frontier.Frederick Douglass moved his family from Lynn, Massachusetts to Rochester during this time. Dr. Fought describes the encounters he has with segregated schools for his daughter, Rosetta. She also shows the parallels in the lives of Frederick and his wife Rosetta, a woman who was free when he married her but he was still "owned" by his master, and Nathan Sprague, a runaway slave from Maryland who married Douglass's daughter, Rosetta, a woman who was born free.Douglass during his Rochester period breaks away from William Lloyd Garrison, the leader and his employer of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He continues to travel extensively on the public speaking circuit to agitate about slavery all the while beginning to publish "The North Star" with the help of his family and several European women. The Republican Party is coming into being during this Antebellum Period. During this formative period in Douglass's life, it is a path of moral suasion not adhering to the radical physicality of John Brown that Frederick chooses to change the course of American history.
'The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass' W/Guest Jesse McCarthy
The Troubadour Podcast
My guest today is Jesse McCarthy Founder of MontessoriEducation.comJesse McCarthy began his career as a young assistant at a small private school in California, and now 15+ years later he leads an organization that helps parents and teachers around the world to achieve inevitable success with children — happily and without stress.We discussed The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave. This book is described as a “dramatic autobiography,” and as Jesse and Kirk discuss, it is exactly that. It is not a long text. It can be read in a few hours. But it is an emotionally challenging text.Jesse and Kirk discuss Douglass’ story, his courage and character as told within the narrative. There are some ideas in this book that may be very challenging for people today to confront. Not in terms of slavery, everyone correctly abhors slavery, but rather some of the values and virtues that Douglass held as essential to the building of a good character. Jesse and Kirk discussed:the concept of “self-creation” as Douglass meant it. Slave MentalitySlave-holders mentalityFighting a system of ideasThe education of DouglassHow to educate childrenImportance of readingDifferent levels of readingAnd much much more.
From slave to world-famous author and advisor to Presidents, Frederick Douglass proved that the American Dream could and should apply to Americans of all colors. He became the most famous abolitionist of 19th century America with a simple message, "we are all brethren."
Frederick Douglass on Abolitionist Circuit in Ireland
Ann Coughlin explains the trajectory of Frederick Douglass from a slave boy purchasing his first book in Baltimore, Maryland, the "Columbian Orator" to his arrival in Ireland. During the 19th Century, the gift of oratory was prized and thousands would flock to hear a good speech today likened to a good "Ted Talk." When Douglass arrives in Dublin he must republish his best selling "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave." Douglass writes his own forward in the Irish Narrative, taking steps to create his own identity, a formative step toward his independence.