Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.
A self-taught escaped slave, statesman, and leader of the American Abolitionist Movement, Frederick Douglass is best known for his speeches and auto-biographies, in which he stressed the universal equality of all humans.
In this excerpt from a July 4th speech in 1852, Frederick Douglass highlights the contradiction of a country founded on liberty and yet supportive of slavery.
Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass became a prominent abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights.
Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an important organizer and writer in the American women’s rights movement.
Daniel O’Connell was a lawyer, a peerless orator, and Ireland’s prominent political leader in the first half of the 19th century.
Doherty traces the global history of American libertarianism from ancient times to the modern era.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.
Born a slave, Booker T. Washington went on to found Tuskegee University, and raised money for many other black schools and colleges.
Sandefur explores how the idea of self-ownership has been expressed in American popular culture and intellectual discourse.
The famous Roman statesman advocated the principles that became the bedrock of liberty in the modern world.
In this excerpt from Libertarianism: A Primer, Boaz tells the history of the movement for liberty, from Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu through the 20th century.