The more we know and understand our racist past, the more we can change history for the better—in the present and future.
The good news: Donald Trump opened Black History Month by mentioning the renowned abolitionist. The bad news: Trump doesn't seem to realize that Douglass is dead.
The women's rights movement in Great Britain had a martial arts-trained group that few knew about; a writer ponders how to get people to read about climate change when it's so depressing; and a look into how abolitionist Frederick Douglass became the most photographed man in America. These discoveries and more after the jump.
Independence Day is a fitting time to reflect on the role that grass-roots organizing for social change has played in building this nation.
This Fourth of July, "Democracy Now!" remembers Frederick Douglass' defiant Independence Day address, read by James Earl Jones during a performance of Howard Zinn’s "Voices of a People’s History of the United States," and the life and legacy of legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, who died this year at the age of 94.
More than 160 years ago, the greatest abolitionist in U.S. history, the escaped slave Frederick Douglass, addressed the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society.
Two recent books show how a man of reason and conservative temperament and a man of passion and radical disposition joined together, even before either knew it, to end slavery.