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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
This week we're beginning The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, one of the most important texts in all American literature. Before you start Douglass, please visit the Douglass-related links. Listen to the short NPR story about an archaeological dig on the plantation where Douglass lived, look at the images of Douglass and some of the characters from his book, and listen to some of the slave songs recorded for the Library of Congress in the 1930s. Think about these songs when Douglass talks about music. Personally, I find the "hollers" and "Run Old Jeremiah" most captivating. Also, make sure you read the link about the myths of slavery and the Confederacy debunked.
Please then read the letter and preface at the start of Douglass's book and chapters 1 through 6.
Answer the questions:
Please answer two of the questions from below, with at least two substantial paragraphs each, specifically detailing the text and pointing to particular page numbers.
1. What's the purpose of Garrison's and Phillips's preface and introductory letter?
2. How does Douglass detail slaves being treated as less than human?
3. What specific effect did learning to read have on Douglass?
4. What does Douglass say about religion, and why?
This week we're beginning The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, one of the most important texts in all American literature. Before you start Douglass, please visit the Douglass-related links.