Frederick Douglass After Emancipation, Special Session at the M/MLA in Chicago, Nov. 4-7, 2010

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Gregory Laski
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Though he is best known as the fugitive-turned-abolitionist, Frederick Douglass had a long career after the legal abolition of slavery. And yet our conception of Douglass, within and beyond the academy, tends to privilege his first two narratives at the expense of his postbellum publications, a rich set of texts that include the voluminous Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1881; rev. 1882, 1892), as well as pamphlets and lectures on issues such as education, lynching, and civil rights. Seeking to open a conversation about how we might characterize Frederick Douglass after emancipation, this panel welcomes papers on any aspect of his postbellum career or his image in popular memory. Please send 250-word abstracts by June 1 to Gregory Laski, Dept. of English, Northwestern University,