Frederick Douglass Questions and Answers

Frederick Douglass

I think it's a great example of an intro thesis sentence, especially for AP US History if that's the class you're in. I think you could use a clarifying sentence, to hammer the message home....

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010, 10:10 am (UTC)

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This quote is from a speech that Douglass gave in 1863. Basically, what Douglass is saying here is that, if you want to be free, you have to make yourself free. You cannot wait for someone else to...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2010, 12:33 am (UTC)

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Douglass speaks about the ways in which slavery twists the ideas of what is decent and good. After his slave mistress, Mrs. Auld, teaches him the rudiments of reading, her husband, who has far more...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The theme in Douglass's The Heroic Slave is an obvious one—heroism and bravery. The story focuses on the pursuits and triumphs of a slave who undertakes all sorts of acts of bravery to liberate...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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Firstly, I must say that I do not agree with the notion that Douglass uses "emotional manipulation" to convince his readers of the obvious evils of slavery. "Persuasion" would have been a better...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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If you consider the effects of the winners always writing history, you can look at the way we overlook the actions of certain despots and highlight those of others depending on who were the winners...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010, 12:03 am (UTC)

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One example in which Douglass appeals to sentiment and emotion is in the first chapter. In this excerpt, he speaks about being separated from his mother at a young age. He writes: My mother and I...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 1:08 am (UTC)

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One of the points that Douglass makes forcefully about slavery is that it is an institution that harms all of the participants, not just the slave. He argues that the slaves take the brunt of the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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In discussing Frederick Douglass’s concept of humanity, or what he considers a man to be, one can pretty much begin with a quick reference to French philosopher René Descartes’s oft-quoted dictum...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2019, 1:34 am (UTC)

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I think that Douglass' primary motivation in pointing this point of view about the slaveholder's child is to reflect the psychological destruction that is so intrinsic to slavery. Douglass shows...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2011, 10:46 am (UTC)

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You ask about Mrs. Auld's response to seeing Douglass with a book. However, the interaction in question didn't actually involve a book. Mrs. Auld became very angry when she caught Douglass with a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016, 7:30 pm (UTC)

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In Douglass' thoughts, the figurative language is evident in the image of "the bloody arm of slavery." Such language helps to bring out much in Douglass' vision of slavery. The blood can refer to...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2013, 10:55 am (UTC)

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In My Bondage and My Freedom, Frederick Douglass revises his popular autobiography published ten years prior in 1845. In his earlier edition, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 7:52 am (UTC)

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Douglass illustrates that it doesn't matter if slaveowners are good or bad people, because the institution of slavery corrupts all the owners. They simply have too much power and the slaves too...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018, 1:36 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass makes his purpose in publishing the open letter to Thomas Auld clear in the final paragraph. Auld was his former slave master, from whom he had run away exactly ten years before...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019, 2:09 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass would not have known for sure how old he was when he was sold because he would not have had any education and because his age would not have been emphasized. We always now how...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010, 2:32 am (UTC)

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Douglass was born on a plantation and, as such, did have some limited contact with his family members, though far less than other former slaves have reported when telling their stories. He has very...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019, 1:11 am (UTC)

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Black slaves could not testify in court. The reason was that because of their dependent status as slaves, many of them learned to lie to their master as a way of manipulating him. So it was...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2010, 6:47 am (UTC)

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Both Frederick Douglass in “Learning to Read and Write” and Sherman Alexie in “The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me” speak about the life-changing experience of reading and the...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2021, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass responded to slavery by defiantly rebelling against it in every way he could. He spent his early life on several different Southern plantations, where he witnessed and was...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2019, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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I count myself among the list of historians who think that Frederick Douglass may be one of the most underrated civil rights leaders in American history. Though Douglass is primarily known for his...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter 1 of his autobiography, Frederick Douglass says that many people believed that his owner was also his father. He says that this does not matter -- he would still be a slave. He goes on...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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Jacobs's book focuses in several chapters upon an aspect of the slavery system that women were forced to experience and which, arguably, only the women subjected to it would be able to describe in...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 3:00 am (UTC)

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I found Douglass's autobiography to be a brilliant, moving, and impassioned piece of abolitionist literature. I can not say that I have found his autobiography to contain elements of exaggeration...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019, 4:11 pm (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass tells us that slaves were expected to sing as well as work. The sight of fields of happy slaves cheerfully toiling away in the cotton fields while singing Negro spirituals was...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018, 6:06 am (UTC)

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When considering Douglass’s purpose in writing, you must always consider his status in relation to his audience—he is a previously enslaved black man projecting to an audience that is primarily...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020, 5:05 am (UTC)

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What Douglass means by this is that a person cannot be truly bad in some circumstances and still remain good overall. A person who acts in evil ways in any part of their life will soon see their...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2013, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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To add on to some of the suggestions in the earlier post citing Douglass's narrative, consider also the damaging psychological effects that the institution of slavery had on people. When Douglass...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010, 8:04 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass uses many persuasive techniques to convince his audience of his humanity and his intellectual abilities. Early in the essay, he uses cause and effect to explain how he came to...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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When Frederick Douglass arrives at Baltimore to meet his new master Thomas Auld and his lovely wife, Sophia Auld, he is astonished to finally interact with a kind, compassionate white woman, who is...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019, 10:50 pm (UTC)

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The primary justification towards religion that Douglass makes is with his exploration of Christianity. On one hand, Douglass believes in the powerfully redemptive spirit of Christianity, as the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009, 6:49 am (UTC)

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You know, all I could think about when I read your question was a scene from Roots. (Isn't it sad that I can't remember if the same scene is actually in Haley's written account, ... the auditory...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2011, 12:18 pm (UTC)

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A literal example of Douglass's discussing the power of literacy occurs when he plans his first attempt at escaping to the North. He has taught several slaves on the plantation how to read, and he...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2010, 8:07 am (UTC)

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Douglass makes it clear that the employment of spirituals is vitally important to understanding the slave condition. On multiple levels, the spirituals helped to bring out much of what modern...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013, 11:24 am (UTC)

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Douglass had a long career in the abolition movement (and after the Civil War) and many allies and rivals. Perhaps the most important was William Lloyd Garrison, whose friendship catapulted...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015, 8:22 pm (UTC)

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What motivated Frederick Douglass was his infinite belief in the promise of America and his equally strong belief in the impossibility of the America envisioned by the Founders as long as racial...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2021, 1:24 am (UTC)

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The largest reform that Douglass pushed for was of course the abolition of slavery, though it is difficult to pin down how much of that was due to his own efforts as there were quite a large number...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2011, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Douglass's essay "Learning to Read and Write" is full of paradox. While Douglass acknowledges the extraordinary power that literacy has given him, at the same time he candidly reveals the downsides...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020, 11:59 am (UTC)

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One striking similarity between both is that they both represent the notion of a bildungsroman set against the ever changing social conditions of the time period. Franklin's narrative is a part of...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2009, 11:13 am (UTC)

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In terms of his narrative speaking to the predicament of slavery, Douglass' work reminds us of the barbaric stain that is a permanent part of American History. In the depiction of his escape, the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2009, 12:57 am (UTC)

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One of the overwhelming effects of slavery on Douglass' life was the denial of a complete notion of self. Douglass' work teaches about how the dehumanizing institution of slavery robs individuals...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2009, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Douglass uses the Fourth of July to bring to light how far America has to go in ensuring that its promises are delivered to all of its citizens. The mere mention of "Independence Day" rings hollow...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010, 6:19 am (UTC)

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Douglass is in many ways a Transcendentalist, as he believes in the power and freedom of the individual. The Transcendentalists believe that the individual's soul is all powerful and that a person...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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One of the major differences between Douglass and Edwards would be their view of religion. Edwards sees religion as the only salvation for humanity. In his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2011, 6:10 pm (UTC)

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In his novella The Heroic Slave, Frederick Douglass offers a fictional portrait of an actual person, Madison Washington, who led a revolt against the captain and crew of a ship. In 1842, he and...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2021, 3:48 am (UTC)

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The Fugitive Slave Law. See links below.

Latest answer posted April 23, 2010, 5:29 am (UTC)

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The question is very vague. From trying to examine the group this is in and the nature of the question, I would say that perhaps you are looking for how Frederick Douglass played a role in the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2010, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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At the beginning of Chapter V, Frederick Douglass is a child on the plantation of Colonel Lloyd. Because he is so young at this point, he really does not have to do much work. He also says that...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010, 1:22 pm (UTC)

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One could argue that there are several points of comparison between the stories of Antwone Fisher and Frederick Douglass. In Finding Fish, Antwone Fisher narrates his life story and describes his...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010, 9:36 am (UTC)

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Frederick Douglass

Can you define "c skills" or point your readers to a link or two? I don't recognize the term.

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 1:48 am (UTC)

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