Date of Award

Spring 5-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. John Rachal

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. Lilian Hill

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. Thomas O'Brien

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. Willie Pierce

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

Throughout his I ife, Frederick Douglass struggled to be something extraordinary. He rose from a life in slavery to become the most prominent African-American of his day and a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. Lost in the discussion of his life are the adult education roles that he played throughout his life and career. Beginning while he was still a slave and extending until his death, he worked to educate adults in order to transfonn individual lives and society as a whole. Douglass was primarily engaged in adult education in the fields of religious adult education, social movements, popular education, and political activism.

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