This week on CenterStage, a lecture by historian Christopher Cameron profiling abolitionist icon Frederick Douglass.
On August 16th and 17th, 2014, the Center for Inquiry presented a conference entitled “Robert Green Ingersoll and the Reform Imperative” at its headquarters in Amherst, New York. This event celebrated Ingersoll, perhaps the best-known unbeliever of America’s Gilded Age. Ingersoll was born in 1833 in Dresden, a village in New York’s Finger Lakes district. The conference placed Ingersoll in context with other freethinking reformers with roots in west-central New York State, such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Christopher Cameron examines Frederick Douglass as an anti-slavery campaigner, feminist, and freethinker. An escaped slave, Douglass became America’s most prominent African-American critic of slavery in the South. He spent the most productive quarter-century of his life in Rochester, New York, and is buried there.
Christopher Cameron is assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is introduced to the Ingersoll conference audience by Tom Flynn.