What the Red-Winged Blackbirds Said: Human Dignity and Anti-Speciesism in Douglass's Renderings of Natural Law

Nick Bromell

University of Massachusetts, Amhert

Nick Bromell is the author, most recently, of "The Time Is Always Now: Black Thought and the Transformation of U.S. Democracy" (Oxford: 2013). He is the editor of "A Political Companion to W.E.B. Du Bois" (forthcoming, Spring 2018) and co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of "My Bondage and My Freedom" (forthcoming). He is currently completing a study of Frederick Douglass's political thought for Duke University Press.


Most accounts of Frederick Douglass’s belief in natural law suggest that he first encountered the idea after he became an abolitionist. In this paper I argue that – by his own account in “My Bondage and My Freedom”... [ view full abstract ]


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