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Frederick Douglass and American Diplomacy in the Caribbean

The public life of Frederick Douglass was so vast and its scope so immense that writers have frequently tended to emphasize certain aspects of it to the virtual exclusion of others. Such has been the case with the views on and/or role of Douglass in American foreign policy. While Douglass has been portrayed as abolitionist, writer, journalist, and advocate of the civil rights of blacks as well as women, very little has been said of Douglass’s expansionist view vis-à-vis American di­ plomacy in the Caribbean. It is the purpose of this article to examine his posture in this regard.