Tag: Frederick Douglass

Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade joins Emily Jashinsky to discuss the little-known story of how two American heroes put their differences aside for the sake of democracy and friendship. The historical context found in Kilmeade’s new book, “The President and the Freedom Fighter: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Their Battle to Save America’s Soul,” sheds new light on today’s complex discussion of politics and race.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” Cara Candal and guest co-host Derrell Bradford talk with David Blight, Sterling Professor of American History and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. He shares what drew him as a teenager in Flint, Michigan to the study of America’s past, and to Douglass in particular. He explains the role of Walter O. Evans, to whom he dedicated the book. They explore how the former slave Douglass became America’s foremost abolitionist statesman, and his morally powerful rhetoric, including his famous 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” They also cover his involvement in the 19th-century women’s rights movement, his marriages and family, and his later life at his home in D.C., as an elder statesman writing and shaping his enduring legacy. Professor Blight concludes with a reading from his Douglass biography.

Stories of the WeekNew York City will require that all public school faculty, principals, and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A Colorado school district is using innovative approaches, including billboard advertising, to address declining enrollment as a result of the pandemic.

QOTD: Words Have Value


“Equally clear is the right to hear. To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.”

—Frederick Douglass

The Best Articles I Read in 2020


Here at the end of 2020, I’m trying to close up a number of tabs I have open on my browser. Many of them are articles, and of that number I’m certain several were suggested or linked to by fellow Ricochet members, mentioned in podcasts, or discovered through searches prompted by Ricochet discussions. I was originally going to say “The 10 Best Articles…”, but the list is more than ten articles and I’m sure I’m forgetting some additional ones that I read months ago…it’s been a long year.

For this post I loosely define “the best” articles as those that challenged my thinking on an issue, were educational, were unexpected or deservedly scandalous, courageously broke with prevailing current narratives, or discussed an important topic otherwise ignored or forgotten. I’m not going to say which characteristic applies to which article as I’m trying to keep this post relatively brief, and each article could form the foundation of a post and become fertile ground for discussion. Some of the articles were written in years prior to 2020, but I just got around to reading them this year and they were either prophetic or remain pertinent to current events. Grouped with some of the articles I have read, I’m also listing what I’m going to read next in regard to that topic. These will have “to be read” in parentheses next to them.

Jack brings back veteran young American — no, this is not a paradox — Nic Rowan, now at the Washington Examiner, to discuss the controversy over Washington, D.C.’s Emancipation Memorial.

Opening and closing samples “A More Perfect Union” by Titus Andronicus.

It’s Not About Lincoln or a Statue, It’s About the Constitution


The leftist mob of entitled Vandals, and the would be vanguard of the proletariate, are not angered by Abraham Lincoln’s human imperfections, nor by a statue of him and a black slave seeking freedom. What infuriates the radical leftist Eleanor Holmes Norton is the full expression, the defense of Lincoln and America, by Frederick Douglass, and the vote with their dollars of many freedmen and women, who commissioned and paid for the statue she and her Marxist comrades despise. She lies by half-truth, asserting that Frederick Douglass disapproved of Lincoln and the statue in his speech at its dedication. Read the truth for yourself below.

Eleanor Holmes Norton is the unaccountable beneficiary of bipartisan Congressional largesse in the made up position of non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives, where she styles herself a congresswoman. Her life-long mission is to bring about permanent one party rule by the left through rigging our electoral system by District of Columbia statehood, with its attendant two senators. She can read the whole of Frederick Douglass’s thoughts, as can all the real members of Congress and the party stenographers posing as journalists. Doing so, sadly, just stokes leftist rage, as the words and thoughts are against perpetuating grievance and division, tools necessary to leftist victory and dictatorship.

Deep Dive on the Declaration of Independence and Its Relevance Today


In honor of Independence Day, for this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast I take a deep dive into the Declaration of Independence, discussing:

  • Its unique place in human history and the cause of freedom
  • The link between natural law and natural rights, faith and freedom
  • The Founders’ emphasis on virtue and morality to sustain a free system of limited government
  • Parallels between the charges laid out against King George III in the Declaration and modern America from the administrative state to sanctuary cities
  • The Founders’ views on slavery, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and failing to live up to the values and principles of the Declaration
  • The imperative to defend liberty against tyranny
  • And much more

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found or download the episode directly here.

Conversations with Bill Kristol: Diana Schaub on the Life and Political Thought of Frederick Douglass


Diana Schaub is a professor of political science at Loyola University Maryland and a leading interpreter of political philosophy and American political thought. In this Conversation, Schaub considers the life and ideas of the statesman and political thinker Frederick Douglass (c. 1818 – 1885). Schaub reflects on Douglass’s life, including his experience of slavery, his abolitionist politics, his work on behalf of the Union in the Civil War, and his post-war efforts to secure civil rights. Schaub demonstrates Douglass’s importance as a political thinker, pointing to his reflections on the corruptions of slavery, the meaning and requirements of freedom, the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the role of prudence in politics.