What Would Frederick Douglas Do?

March 26, 2015, in the Presidents’ Lounge.  Delivered James Brewer Stewart, the James Wallace Professor of History, Emeritus, at Macalester College and the founder of Historians Against Slavery.  Many people describe today’s opposition to slavery and human trafficking as a “new abolitionist movement.” So the question to be addressed is: “What can we learn from the original American abolitionists?” How did their situation compare to what we face? What can historical figures such as Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and William Lloyd Garrison teach us about how to make ourselves better abolitionists?