Allen West served as an US Representative representing Florida’s 22nd and 18th District. He is a 22 year veteran of the military where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as well as a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Fox News contributor, founder of, the author of the bestseller Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom, and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Robert S. Levine is Professor of English and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. His past works include Dislocating Race and Nation; Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, and the Politics of Representative Identity; and Conspiracy and Romance: Studies in Brockden Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Melville. His latest work is entitled, The Lives of Frederick Douglass.