Frederick Douglass Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

It is obvious that not all slaves reacted to their bondage in the same manner. Provide examples from Frederick Douglass’s writing of the various ways slaves reacted to being the legal property of another.

Provide examples from Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself that show an individual’s resiliency.

What ironic incidents are found in Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself?

Describe life in nineteenth century United States as Douglass knew it.

Provide examples that prove Douglass was a courageous man.

Are the literary aspects of Douglass’s autobiographies overshadowed by the historical aspects?

After Douglass obtained his freedom, he could have lived a private life, a life where his only concerns would be related to earning a living and taking care of his family. Why did he not live his life in this manner?

Why should twenty-first century individuals read slave narratives?