Frederick Douglass, An Architect of American Liberty

Portrait of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty


JMC faculty partner Nicholas Buccola will visit George Fox University’s John Dickinson Forum, JMC’s latest partner program, to deliver a lecture on Frederick Douglass’ vision for American freedom and his impact on American political life.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 • 6:30PM
Hoover 105, George Fox University

Nick is the author of The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (NYU, 2013). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the John Dickinson Forum and its director Mark David Hall >>


Nick BuccolaProfessor Nick Buccola joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. His teaching and research interests are in Political Theory and Public Law. His first book, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass, was published by New York University Press and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His second book, The Essential Douglass, was published by Hackett Publishing Company in March 2016. His third book, Abraham Lincoln and Liberal Democracy, was published in the distinguished American Political Thought series of the University Press of Kansas in March 2016. His scholarly essays have been published in a wide range of journals including The Review of Politics and The Journal of American Political Thought. His reviews and op-eds have been featured in a wide variety of publications including Salon, the Claremont Review of Books, and Dissent. He is at work on a new book on James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. Professor Buccola is a recipient of the Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholar Award, a two-time recipient of the Samuel Graf Faculty Achievement Award, and a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions grant.

Learn more about Professor Buccola at Linfield>>


Mark David HallMark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow at the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. His primary research and writing interests are American political theory and the relationship between religion and politics.

He has written and edited a number of books, including Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2014), Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic (Oxford University Press, 2013), and America’s Forgotten Founders (2011). Among the “forgotten founders” that Hall seeks to bring back to America’s attention is the Pennsylvania revolutionary and statesman John Dickinson, after whom Hall’s new center is named.

Hall has also written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, reviews and sundry pieces. Among these is as a study for the Heritage Foundation titled “Did America Have a Christian Founding?” that has gained national attention for its comprehensive and rigorous analysis of this controversial question. In addition to teaching at George Fox University, Mark is Associated Faculty at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University, Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and an Affiliate Scholar at the John Jay Institute. He contributes regularly to the blogs Law and Liberty and Learn Liberty.

>> Learn more about Professor Hall at GFU

Professor Hall is available for public speaking on the following topics:

“Did America Have a Christian Founding?”

“Jeffersonian Walls and Madisonian Lines: The Supreme Court’s Use of History and the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses”

“Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic”

“Distorted Realities: Faith and the Founders of the American Republic”

“Religious Liberty and Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies: Historic Precedents, Future Possibilities”

“Why Tolerate Religion? The Rise and Fall of Religious Liberty in America”




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