Frederick Douglass, Rochester NY Sites Day 2

Douglass is on my mind a lot these days, as I’m reading Leigh Fought’s new book on the crucial role of so many women in his work and in the development of his thought. Otherwise, I’m still in the depths of wrapping up my job here, selling off most of my worldly goods, and preparing to resume my academic pursuits in another country; therefore, I’m not writing nearly as much as I’d like. Here’s an account I wrote a year ago of following his life and thought, in case you missed it.

Ordinary Philosophy

Douglass scholarship articles and posters, Dr. David Anderson's office, Nazareth College Rochester, 2016 Amy Cools Articles, posters, and mementos of Frederick Douglass scholarship and events, Dr. David Anderson’s office, Nazareth College of Rochester

Tenth day, Tuesday March 29th

I begin my day with an early visit to Dr. David Anderson, a Frederick Douglass scholar, visiting professor at Nazareth College, founding member of Blackstorytelling League, and an all around delightful and fascinating man! He is kind enough to grant me an interview of an hour or so, which ends up turning into a much longer conversation than that.

Among many other things too numerous to describe in full here (I’ll bring more details of our talk into the discussion of my subsequent discoveries), we talk about the Douglass family as a whole, and especially, Frederick Douglass’ wife Anna.

As discussed in the account of my day in Lynn, Anna took in piecework from Lynn’s thriving shoe industry, attaching uppers to soles, to help support the family…

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