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George Kendall Warren, 1834 - 1884  Search this
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895  Search this
Albumen silver print
Image: 9.5cm x 5.7cm (3 3/4" x 2 1/4")
Mount: 10.5cm x 6.3cm (4 1/8" x 2 1/2")
Exhibition Label:
Born near Easton, Maryland
Frederick Douglass’s skill as an orator, political savvy, and impressive bearing made him one of the most influential African Americans in the nineteenth century. During the 1840s and 1850s, the abolitionist rhetoric of this ex-slave who had escaped bondage best articulated the evils of slavery to white sympathizers and made the case for the need to fulfill the Constitution’s promise of equality. Douglass’s growing frustration following the Fugitive Slave Act, and his friendship with the radical John Brown, eventually led him to advocate resistance to the law and even violence, forcing him to flee the country briefly. Douglass returned to America with the coming of the Civil War, his hopes revived.
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Male  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Literature\Writer  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Education\Educator\Lecturer  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Communications\Publisher\Newspaper  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Minister  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Abolitionist  Search this
Frederick Douglass: Society and Social Change\Enslaved person  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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