The Douglass Discussion



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The Douglass Discussion

Working individually or with a group, answer the following questions on notebook paper. USE COMPLETE SENTENCES AND USE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWERS. This is due at the end of the period.



  1. In slavery, the dehumanization of blacks went beyond the fact that they were considered property. Discuss at least three other ways slaveholders stripped the humanity of their slaves, according to stories shared in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.




  1. Explain how Douglass shows that slavery can negatively affect the humanity of slaveholders as well.




  1. Douglass says he and the other slaves called Mr. Covey “the snake.” Demonstrate how Douglass uses imagery and language to enhance this comparison.




  1. What psychological effect does Covey's brutality have on Douglass? Why do you think this harsh treatment would dampen his desire to read?




  1. When Douglass is at his lowest point he looks out onto the Chesapeake Bay and is suddenly struck by a vision of white sailing ships. Why do you think these ships strike him as the very embodiment of freedom?




  1. According to Douglass, why did slave-owners give their slaves holidays?  Why was this practice not evidence for their kindness?




  1. In chapter 10, Douglass writes to his readers: “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” Based on the story he recounts in this chapter, how would you say Douglass defines manhood?




  1. In chapter 10, Douglass writes: “…I now resolved that, however long I might remain a slave in form, the day had passed forever when I could be a slave in fact.” Explain the difference. In your discussion consider the idea of personal freedom versus legal freedom.




  1. How does Douglass explore the hypocrisy of Christian slaveholders?




  1. In what ways does Douglass find freedom through education?


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