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Los Angeles | Thursday, November 29, 2018

What Does the Life of Frederick Douglass Tell Us About America?

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

American icon Frederick Douglass died in 1895, but he still makes the news. Indeed, he represents an increasingly rare sort of hero—one whose story is invoked across the political spectrum. Perhaps that’s because his life was so large, grand, and complex. He was among the most photographed and well-traveled people of the 19th century and had so many varied roles—radical and traditionalist, diplomat and revolutionary, author and subject—that he contains multitudes. How should Americans best understand Frederick Douglass? How do …

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