Mark Pellegrino recommends: Fredrick Douglass’s autobiography.

I wish more people read Fredrick Douglass’s autobiography. I’m in the thick of it now and it is heart wrenching, eloquent and magnanimous. Douglass could simultaneously hold the greatness of the American ideal while splitting apart the moral and spiritual corruption of slavery he experienced the deep hypocrisy, but understood the ideal was a great one. Intellectuals today claim the ideal never was the ideal…. and yet… it was.