Share the speeches in smallgroups. First, he was chosen from among several eligible slave children to move to Baltimore. I preferred the condition of the meanest reptile to my own. In the Appendix, Douglass clarified his views on Christianity. To strike this distinction, Douglass points to the basic contradiction between the charitable, peaceful tenets of Christianity and the violent, immoral actions of slaveholders.
This is the location where his learning truly began. Summary While living at Master Hugh's for about seven years, Douglass learned to write. But by challenging white boys to writing contests, he's soon on his way. He also wrote of how much he admired and was inspired by the slave. After doing this for a while Douglass had a good basis to learn from. Not surprisingly, Douglass's favorite ones are the ones that deal with slavery.
Knowledge is power, and in this case, caused immense pain for Douglass. What was Frederick's life like as a slave? The Grolier LibraryCollection of North American Biographies. This ingenious albeit uncommon method of education reveals Douglass's ambition, perseverance, and industriousness. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. His master would give him a few cents here andthere to motivate him to work harder. Guide students through adiscussion on what they have learned about slavery and the life ofFrederick Douglass.
Slaves had no beds and were rarely given blankets forwarmth. They were beaten mercilessly and cruelly, sometimes when they had committed no offense. As I writhed under it, I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. Put the class into groups with six people in each group. This kind woman started to teach him how to read. But Douglass continued to teach himself to read in secret.
He also helped people escape by using the Underground Railroad, a network of antislavery activists who helped smuggle slaves from the South. That played a great role in how he wrote his book. As Douglass became more interested in reading, he contrived little steps to build his writing techniques to. Douglass watched her transformation with a heavy heart. Thus, the North was not free from racism but was a much more pleasant place in which to dwell. This same vision guides our work today.
This is somewhat the same case for Douglass. Grading will be done ona group basis. Frederick grew up being exposed to the harshrealities of slave life. This quote was surprising to me. Hearing this, Douglass immediately resolves to learn to read.
Douglass would bet them that he could write as well as they could. They rarely knew their family members or were torn from them without warning. It denotes individual objects such as London, New York, Paris. He became restless and agitated. Auld was scarcely less cruel than many of the other southerners mentioned in the autobiography. All in all, Frederick Douglass was one of the most remarkable Americans that ever lived.
Douglass writes that he is now tempted to thank these boys by name, but he knows that they would suffer for it, as teaching blacks still constitutes an offense. He spoke out at his first anti-slavery meetingin August 1841. But learning how to read was a challenge. She would let one of us pick out a book from the book shelf and then she would read it. Though Douglass himself gains his freedom in part by virtue of his self-education, he does not oversimplify this connection.
He clearly expresses the pain and burden that literacy has brought upon him. Douglass does not hold back on his views regarding the slaveowners' interpretation of Christianity. From a very young age Douglass understood that the key to his freedom would be through the power of knowledge. Frederick wasbeaten several times, but most severely by Mr. The book helps Douglass to fully articulate the case against slavery, but it also makes him hate his masters more and more.
It had given me a view of my wretched conditions, without the remedy. Sometimes Douglass wondered if he should kill himself or do something which would get him killed, but he continually hoped that one day he might attain freedom. Finally, by keeping slaves illiterate, Southern slaveholders maintain control over what the rest of America knows about slavery. Antebellum slaves narratives often faced a test of their veracity. He finally knew how to read and write. How is the reading different than the discussionswe had in class? Have a picture of Frederick on the board for students to see.