Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

 

1. What is the significance of the information Douglass provides about the early years of his life?
2. What does he mean, on p.238, when he describes the first whipping he witnessed as, “the blood-stained gate”?
3. What have you learned from reading this narrative that you didn’t already know about slavery in America?
4. Explain the significance of literacy for Douglass?
5. How does Douglass feel about Southern Christianity? Why?

3 thoughts on “Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  1. Explain the significance of literacy for Douglass?

    Literacy serves as a gateway to Freedom. A a slave becomes literate it allows for them to educated themselves. They’ll be able to read and understand things such as laws, the bible, and news papers. These are all resources that help slaves understand the Dehumanizing things that are being done to them. With literacy, they’ll be able to plan their own escape and know where they could seek freedom.

    1. What have you learned from reading this narrative that you didn’t already know about slavery in America?

      I gained a greater understanding of the hypocracy that was prevalent during that time period and how people could profess the word of God one minute and then abruptly turn their backs on these principles.

  2. 1. What is the significance of the information Douglass provides about the early years of his life?

    When Douglass was a young child, he witnessed Aunt Hester getting whipped by Colonel Lloyd for disobeying him. He ordered her not to go out for the evening but was also founded being with Lloyd’s Ned. As punishment, he stripped her down, tied her up, and started striking her. Douglass was terrified of what he witnessed and realized the meaning of what being a slave is like.

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