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AHG 510 O4D: Great American Texts – Frederick Douglass (ONLINE COURSE)
June 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - June 28, 2019 @ 9:30 pm$424 – $848
To reflect on the life of Frederick Douglass is to be reminded of the famous self-description attributed to his great contemporary, Mark Twain: “I am not an American; I am the American.” A classic self-made man, Douglass, like his country, rose from a low beginning to a great height; he gained freedom by his own virtue and against great odds in a revolutionary struggle; and he matured into an internationally renowned apostle of universal liberty. In this course, we consider Douglass’ telling of his own story, taking as primary texts his three autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), My Bondage and My Freedom (1855), and Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881; 1892). We will find in these texts not only the annals of an unforgettable life but also Douglass’ reflections on enduring issues in American political thought such as the nature and specific evil of slavery, the nature and grounds of human rights and freedom, and the meaning and mission of the American Republic.
Peter C. Myers (University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire)
Monday through Thursday, 6:15 pm to 9:30 pm ET
- Live Online Course Tuition: $848 ($424 per semester hour)
- Live Online Audit Tuition (non-credit): $424 per course