Tag Archives: Frederick Douglass

Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!

5 Reasons Why You Should See Frederick Douglass: Agitator

Our special exhibit, Frederick Douglass: Agitator, closes June 9, as we prepare to replace it with Tools of the Trade, opening June 22. So if you haven’t explored this exhibit yet, or want to come back again, then you have one more month to do so! We put together some reasons why Frederick Douglass: Agitator […]

Photo collage of Frederick Douglass

Past Imperfect: Lives in the Biographer’s Mirror

Author, historian, and journalist Tom Chaffin joins us Wednesday, March 13 to discuss his recent book Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary, which tells the tale of Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of the British Isles, a journey that would prove pivotal to the growth of Douglass as an […]

Frederick Douglass portrait collage at the American Writers Museum

Frederick Douglass Tours

Throughout February, we are offering Frederick Douglass and abolitionist-themed tours in honor of his birthday and Black History Month. These tours happen twice daily at 12:30 and 3:00 pm, and tour-goers will explore the whole museum while also gaining insight into Douglass and other abolitionists. Tours are included with museum admission, so there’s no extra cost. […]

The Slave's Cause by Manisha Sinha

In Their Own Words: Manisha Sinha

Manisha Sinha is professor and the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut. She was born in India and received her Ph.D from Columbia University where her dissertation was nominated for the Bancroft prize. She has received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Medal and the Frederick Douglass […]

A cocktail and a typewriter

Literary Libations at the AWM

Here at the American Writers Museum, three of our favorite activities are writing, reading, and drinking. Which is why we’ve decided to host a night that incorporates all three. If you get thirsty like us on Thursdays, then join us June 28 for our Literary Cocktail Tasting event. We’ll have four cocktails inspired by our […]

Author and Orator Frederick Douglass to be Honored in New Special Exhibit at American Writers Museum

(CHICAGO- May 31, 2018) – “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!” is a quote from activist Frederick Douglass who was one of the greatest public speakers in American history, so it’s only fitting that the new exhibit in his honor at the American Writers Museum (AWM) is entitled Frederick Douglass AGITATOR.  Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become one of the most eloquent voices of abolitionism and […]