Political Theory

Liberty and Slavery in the American Imagination


Using an assortment of literary texts, conferees examined the contradictory aspect of American liberty and slavery and considered how its paradoxes have changed over time.


Conference Readings

Douglass, Frederick. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?.” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july/ (July 3, 2018).

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Edited by David W. Blight. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s, 1993.

Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk [unabridged]. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1994.

Ellison, Ralph. The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison. Edited by John F. Callahan. New York: Modern Library, 2003.

Landrieu, Mitch. “On the Removal of Four Confederate Monuments in New Orleans.” American Speeches Online Speech Bank, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 19, 2017. https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mitchlandrieuconfederatemonuments.htm (accessed May 8, 2019) .

Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Vintage; Reprint edition, 2004.

Wheatley, Phillis. “Letter to Samson Occum.” wheelersburg.net. http://www.wheelersburg.net/Downloads/Wheatley%20and%20Adams%20Letters.pdf (July 3, 2018).