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The Radical Compassion of Frederick Douglass
The abolitionist's 200th birthday is a good occasion to unravel the peculiar mystery behind his most (mis)quoted words.

William Cheng
Feb 14, 2018

At a press event for Black History Month a year ago, newly inaugurated President Donald Trump went off-script. "I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King," he recited from his paper, before switching to improv: "Frederick Doug ... Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice ... big impact."

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