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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016

In the era of Trump and Cruz and the rest of them it's difficult to call anybody a great American with a straight face. That's what Frederick Douglass was, though. And so was William Lloyd Garrison. Douglass rose up out of slavery to become a speaker, author, publisher, theorist, and all-around icon, not only in the abolitionist cause but in the struggle for women's equality as well. A white Massachusetts man with a printing press, Garrison was even more of a firebrand than Douglass. He made himself notorious for burning copies of the U.S. Constitution, calling it (and therefore the nation founded on it, which he wanted to dismantle) irredeemably racist. Continue reading >>

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