Brown Bag The Camera and the Community: How Photography Changed American Abolitionism 2 July 2014.Wednesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Matthew Fox-Amato, University of Southern California

In 1839, when the French-born daguerreotype arrived in the United States, it was hardly clear that the photographic process would be used as a political weapon. Examining the production, exchange and visuality of photographs of abolitionists, this talk shows how radical activists harnessed the medium as a way to build their movement in the decades prior to the Civil War.