"Root . . . appears more interested in proving that the U.S. Constitution, if interpreted correctly, was not a document that would permit racism, especially once abolitionists had prevailed with the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments. The narrative has very little to say about Frederick Douglass, following the highlights of pro- or anti-slavery moments in relation to the Constitution more than the ebb and flow of Douglass’s ideas. Douglass appears less as a man with complex thinking processes that developed over time and in response to multiple factors than as an icon supplying optimistic quotes about the Constitution as a document of freedom."
"A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 23
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol23/iss2/15