Lecture 5: “A House Divided”

Discussion of Whitman and working people; Henry David Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and “Civil Disobedience” (1848); rise of abolitionism and the role of women in the movement; the 1848 Seneca Falls woman’s rights convention; Frederick Douglass, public speaking, and the 1845 Narrative; extended analysis of Douglass’ ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’ speech (1852); George Fitzhugh and the proslavery argument.

From: American Protest Literature Lecture Videos (Harvard University) from "Literature and Arts A-86: American Protest Literature from Tom Paine to Tupac"

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