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Studio Z

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

Artist: Anonymous

Banned/Challenged Book: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Reason for Banning: Advocated abolishing slavery and argued the full inclusion of black Americans in the U.S.

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: This “playing-card” format deliberately permits no single view, alludes to the vexing nature of history and historiography, the influence of chance or contingency, and the continuous struggle for freedom and equality. It also is meant as a stand-in for change. For example, it was changes of opinion which enabled Douglass’ and Lincoln’s views of the progress and policies of the Civil War to converge and bring about a new beginning for the world’s “last best hope.”

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