Frederick Douglass: Most Photographed American of the 19th Century

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with Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd

Don't miss this exclusive preview of a new book that promises to revolutionize our knowledge of identity and photography in 19th-century America. Be among the first to get a copy of Picturing Frederick Douglass, an Illustrative Biography of the Nineteenth Century's Most Photographed American before the publisher's release; limited number of books will be available for sale and signing.

Teeming with historical detail, Picturing Frederick Douglass is filled with surprises. Chief among them is the authors' assertion that neither President Abraham Lincoln, nor General George Custer, nor poet Walt Whitman was the most photographed American of the 1800s.

Join us as Dr. John Stauffer of Harvard University and Dr. Zoe Trodd of the University of Nottingham, England reveal images from their soon-to-be-released visual biography documenting that the most photographed American was Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895). As a result of their groundbreaking research, the formerly enslaved abolitionist leader, eloquent orator, seminal writer, and American statesman emerges as a leading pioneer in photography.

Picturing Frederick Douglass... contains 160 photographs of Douglass -- some of which were taken in Boston, many have never been seen publicly before -- as well as his previously unpublished writings and speeches on visual aesthetics. 

Trace Douglass' evolution as a man, an artist, and a leader with these scholars as they share this new portrait gallery, from the first picture taken circa 1841 to the last in 1895.

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Picturing Frederick Douglass is not yet available for retail; MAAH will have limited quantity for sale and signing on a first-come, first-served basis. Others may show event receipt at a later date for 10% off the price.