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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the early 1800s, escaped as a young adult, and went on to become the most famous abolitionist of his time. A renowned author, speaker, and activist, Douglass also became an early master of what is now known as public relations, or use of the media. Douglass purposefully used photography to depict himself as a dignified counterpoint to derogatory depictions of African-Americans. Listen to hear how Douglass’s use of photography furthered the abolitionist cause.
Story Length: 4:44
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AIR DATE: 12/13/2015
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