Educational Videos

Frederick Douglass' Defense of the Constitution

Edward O'Byrn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies, Carleton College

Professor O'Byrn discusses Frederick Douglass' 1860's defense of the Constitution as an anti-slavery document. It references the fugitive slave aspects and 3/5th compromise. He also links Douglass to a long history of Black Americans utilizing the Constitution in a struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

The Post-Slavery Amendments of the Constitution

Robert Burns, Attorney,

Law Offices of Robert Burns

This video focuses on the Post-Slavery Amendments to the Constitution: the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. We suggest that this video be watched in conjunction with its companion slideshow presentation.