Beyond Slavery: Frederick Douglass and the Quest for Universal Rights

February 4, 2014
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Dance Theatre
University of Maryland Campus
College Park, MD

In 1845, as Ireland was descending into the despair of the great famine, Frederick Douglass arrived for a four-month lecture tour of the island to promote his recently published autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave.

Seven years earlier, Douglass had escaped slavery in Maryland but was greeted in Dublin, Belfast, and Cork by enthusiastic crowds and formed many friendships on his trip. One of the most significant friendships was with Daniel O'Connell, a figure still revered in Ireland today for his role in Catholic emancipation and his fierce opposition to slavery.

This conversation will feature writer and educator Colum McCann who will be joined by UMD professors Ira Berlin, Patrick O’Shea and Professor Emerita Lee Thornton as we explore the influence Douglass had on religious freedom, gender issues and slavery.

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