Spotlight Series


Frederick Douglass and "A Composite Nation"

Online via Canvas
January 25–March 29, 2021

Are you ready to immerse yourself in American history? Members get exclusive access to the Spotlight Series, a new, free 10-week online course of study that uncovers themes in the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and speaker programs highlighting works by some of our most valued historians and scholars.

Our first installment begins with an in-depth examination of Frederick Douglass’ remarkable speech, “A Composite Nation,” which he delivered in Boston in 1869. In it, Douglass condemned anti-Asian discrimination and posited a vision of America where all races enjoyed equal rights—a radical notion at the time. 

Each week, we will explore Douglass’ theme through programs or readings from such luminaries as David W. Blight, David M. Rubenstein, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr and use the rich collections and exhibitions of New-York Historical for more context and insight. Then, you and your fellow participants will have the opportunity to dig deeper through weekly online discussion boards designed to foster engaging conversation. 

You can participate synchronously as new content comes online each week, or start later and continue at your own pace. Don’t miss out on this fantastic new series!

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