Frederick Douglass Study Guide—ap lang and Comp Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass Study Guide—AP Lang and Comp

Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself

1. What purposes of this book are emphasized in its title? What function is served by the opening testimonials by W. H. Garrison and Wendell Phillips?

2. What does Garrison believe are the conclusions readers should draw from this book? Why is Daniel O'Connell an appropriate person to cite for an opinion of the effects of slavery?

3. What does Garrison believe are the most devastating effects of slavery? Is there evidence for this view from Douglass's Narrative?

4. Why does Garrison cite two reports of cases of slave murder? According to him, can slaves testify at law against cruelties perpetuated on them?

5. What opinions about slavery does Phillips add in his introduction? Why does he believe Douglass's publication placed him in jeopardy?

6. Toward what audiences do these prefaces seem addressed?

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