This is the story of one of the truly great African-American intellectual leaders of the nineteenth century. He rose from slavery to become a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who worked to help lead the fight against racial oppression. Douglass was an avid defender of the US Constitution contending that it simply guarantees the same rights for all individuals regardless of race and gender.
The lecture entitled “Self-Made Men,” was delivered thousands of times in the United States and later in Europe. For those of us who did not pay enough attention in US History classes this is an excellent book covering issues that are of as much interest today as they were 150 years ago.