Short Film: Image of an American: Frederick Douglass & the Right to Vote, 18min., Documentary

Directed by Ann Hartley
Upon the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, many Americans thought that slavery had been abolished once and for all. Frederick Douglass, however, argued that “slavery is not abolished until the black man has the ballot.” His fight to secure the vote transformed not only the Constitution, but what it meant to be an American.
This film explores Frederick Douglass’ journey to ensure African-Americans have the right to through the creation of the Fifteenth Amendment.

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Director Biography – Ann Hartley

Ann Hartley has worked at the Federalist Society since 2016. As the Assistant Director of FedSoc Films, Ann writes, directs, and produces compelling video content on current and timeless legal issues. Ann holds a B.A. in Speech and English from Hillsdale College and hails from Nebraska.


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