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Frederick Douglass was arguably the first person – I hesitate to say “politician” – to use photography for a political purpose. Douglass was an enslaved man who at about twenty years of age escaped a plantation on the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, where he had endured brutal whippings alongside all the other routine cruelties of slavery. An autodidact, a gifted writer and an eloquent speaker, Douglass emerged as one of the great figures in the abolitionist movement in mid-19th-century America.

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