The Enslaved Girl Who Became America’s First Poster Child

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From the March 2019 Smithsonian Magazine:
"On February 19, 1855, Charles Sumner, the Massachusetts senator, wrote his supporters about an enslaved 7-year-old girl whose freedom he had helped to secure. She would be joining him onstage at an abolitionist lecture that spring. 'I think her presence among us (in Boston) will be a great deal more effective than any speech I could make,' the noted orator wrote."

Full article at : The Enslaved Girl Who Became America’s First Poster Child
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/enslaved-girl-americas-first-poster-child-180971444/?utm_source=smithsoniandaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190220-daily-responsive&spMailingID=38931331&spUserID=ODIyODY2ODE2MDgxS0&spJobID=1461788788&spReportId=MTQ2MTc4ODc4OAS2
 

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Sumner obviously knew his audience, as he choose Mary to be his "poster child". Did he exploit her because she could "pass"? Do the means justify the ends?
 
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