Without a Shepherd

Shortly after escaping from slavery, Frederick Douglass found himself in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As a “lukewarm” Methodist, he felt it his duty to seek the “spiritual advantage of public worship,” and “therefore resolved to join” the local congregation. Though Massachusetts was a free state, Douglass was denied a “seat in the body of the house”Continue reading “Without a Shepherd”

Scientific Moonshine

In 1854, Frederick Douglass addressed the Philozetian Society of Western Reserve College, Ohio on the then-contentious question of whether “negroes” are human beings. As those denying the “claims of the negro” readily admitted, humanity is accompanied by certain inalienable rights and liberties, the denial of which constitutes “the greatest wrong and robbery” on the partContinue reading “Scientific Moonshine”

Confounding Distinctions

Truth is that view or theory of things which describes them as they really are. It describes a man as a man, a horse as a horse, and never confounds the distinction between men and horses. Error is any and every contradiction of truth, in much or in little. The one is in its natureContinue reading “Confounding Distinctions”