Solidarity Membership - Frederick Douglass Level
"I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress... Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."
We stand on the shoulders of giants!
The story of abolitionist Frederick Douglass reads like an Hollywood movie script. After "stealing" himself from his master at age 20, the self-taught Douglass became perhaps the most extraordinary orator in US history. His revolutionary instincts and magical way with the English language, which allowed him to express profound ideas with simple yet eloquent words, ooze from his speeches and writings. His relentless dedication to the cause of liberty everywhere—not only for the end of slavery but also for women's rights and suffrage—remain an inspiration to this day, despite efforts by the mainstream media to strip him of his implacable revolutionary core. Had he lived in the era of the socialist revolution, he would have surely lent his mighty voice and pen to the struggle for the ultimate in human freedom—liberation from capitalist exploitation and oppression. In July 1848, he expressed the electricity felt worldwide as revolution swept Europe as follows: "A revolution now cannot be confined to the place or people where it may commence, but flashes with lightning speed from heart to heart, from land to land, til it has traversed the globe." These words resonate as much today as when they were first written!
Frederick Douglass Level Solidarity Member benefits:
One-year subscription to Socialist Appeal, a copy of Marxist Classics Vol.1 and an IMT T-Shirt. Just send a note when you check out to indicate what size and color T-Shirt you would like us to send (red or white). Thank you for your support!