Frederick Douglass

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.


You Are a Man And So Am I

by Frederick Douglass on Sep 3, 1848

Frederick Douglass argues that slavery “destroys the central principle of human responsibility” and violates the Constitution in three short essays.


What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

by Frederick Douglass in 1852

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.

Libertarian View

The Story of Frederick Douglass

featuring Nicholas Buccola on Sep 28, 2012

Nicholas Buccola briefly sketches out Douglass’s incredible life, from his origins as a slave to his success as one of the most renowned orators of his age.


Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)

by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist who fought for black liberty both before and after the Civil War.


Why Has Liberty Flourished in the West?

by Jim Powell on Sep 1, 2000

Powell examines the expansion of liberty in western culture and covers the history of free thinkers from Cicero to Ayn Rand.

Free Thoughts

The Right to Earn a Living

featuring Timothy Sandefur, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 5, 2015

Timothy Sandefur joins us for a discussion on economic liberty. Is there a right to earn a living? How is this right being violated today?

Liberty Chronicles

The Middle Passage: Igboland to America

featuring Anthony Comegna on Sep 12, 2017

The slaves shipped to British North America were predominantly identified as Igbos from interior West Africa. Their stories deserve to be remembered.


Black History and Liberty

by Jonathan Blanks on Jan 23, 2012

Blanks discusses the struggles for freedom during the civil rights movement and libertarians hesitancy to address the period.