The Artist of Rhetoric

Frederick Douglass

Born a slave, the nineteenth-century abolitionist Frederick Douglass was not only one of the best orators in American history, he was also one of the most dashing—whatever it takes to captivate an audience. Izzy would love to see someone resurrect Douglass’ romantic hairstyle, a sort of a combed-over afro.

3 Responses to “The Artist of Rhetoric”

  1. callypowers August 15, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    There was a reference to Douglass’s hairstyle in the film Unbreakable, Elijah’s hairstyle seemed reminiscent of Douglass’s, implying a noble character. This turned out to be a subtle red-herring.

    Other than that, I’ve seen no further modern references to Douglass’s hairstyle or his other stylistic marks.

  2. foolio_iglesias March 11, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    i could totally see Maxwell rockin it.