47. Written by Himself: the Life of Frederick Douglass

Posted on 1 March 2020

Frederick Douglass' journey from slave to leading figure of 19th century American thought.

Further Reading

• J.W. Blassingame, The Frederick Douglass Papers (New Haven: 1979-).

• P.S. Foner (ed.), The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, 5 vols (New York: 1950-75).

• P.S. Foner (ed.), Frederick Douglass on Women’s Rights (Westport CN: 1976).

• H.L. Gates Jr. (ed.), Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies (New York: 1994).


• W. Andrews (ed.), Critical Essays on Frederick Douglass (Boston: 1991).

• D. Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (New York: 2018).

• B. Boxill, "The Fight with Covey," in L.R. Gordon (ed), Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (New York: 1997), 273-290.

• P. Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (London: 1993), ch. 2.

• R. Gooding-Williams, In the Shadow of Du Bois: Afro-Modern Political Thought in America (Cambridge MA: 2009), ch.5.

• F.M. Kirkland, “Is an Existential Reading of the Fight with Covey Sufficient to Explain Frederick Douglass’s Critique of Slavery?” Critical Philosophy of Race 3 (2015), 124-151.

• B.M. Lawson and F.M. Kirkland (eds), Frederick Douglass: A Critical Reader (Oxford: 1999).

• M.S. Lee (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass (Cambridge: 2009).

• R.S. Levine, The Lives of Frederick Douglass (Cambridge MA: 2016).

• W.E. Martin, The Mind of Frederick Douglass (Chapel Hill NC: 1985).

• N. Roberts, Freedom as Marronage (Chicago: 2015), ch. 2.

• N. Roberts (ed.), A Political Companion to Frederick Douglass (Lexington: 2018).

• E. Sundquist (ed.), Frederick Douglass: New Literary and Historical Essays (New York: 1990).

• F. Sweeney, Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World (Liverpool: 2007).


Journal of African American History 99 (2014), Special Issue: “Rediscovering the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.”

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Frederick Douglass


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