The Question: In his lifetime, Frederick Douglass was a prolific writer, civil rights activist, vice presidential candidate, and even…
A The most photographed man in America
B One of the first automobile owners
C An agricultural scientist
In the 19th century, negative perception of Black people was entrenched in popular culture, as racist minstrel shows were still one of the most common forms of entertainment. Douglass believed in the power of photography to combat this by showing him as a person, not a caricature: He sat for more than 150 photo portraits, generally looking toward the camera with a confident deadpan.
The correct answer is The most photographed man in America.