Summer – PREVIEW: Liberty, Equality, Democracy

Free Preview: Liberty, Equality and Democracy: The Defining Documents

1 session, Wednesday, Aug 7 at 1:10-2:50 PM 

Defining American democracy has been as continuous a process as it has been contested; it is a product of debate. The fall course follows that evolving debate over periods that did most to shape our beliefs and system of government.

For this preview, we begin by looking at Emerson’s 1854 address on the Fugitive Slave Law, delivered on the last night of a series of thirteen antislavery lectures organized by famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. For those who wish to read the speech before class, it can be found at

Steven Phillips was educated at Washington University, the University of Chicago and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, receiving an MA in English Literature from Chicago and an MFA in Filmmaking from NYU. He spent the bulk of his career as a partner and creative director of a production company for film, video, live events and branding. Since retiring, he has worked with community-based and higher education non-profits, as well as earning an MA in American Studies from Columbia University.