Exploring the Hypocrisy of American Slavery with Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

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Young historians analyze the words of Frederick Douglass as he considered the contradictions of the United States as a slave-owning nation that celebrated equality and freedom on the Fourth of July.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • If your class has been practicing primary source analysis, consider having them use an analysis worksheet they have completed in the past for Douglass' speech
  • Have more than one learner share the role of facilitator given the large number of questions
Pros

  • Very detailed instructional guidelines, including specific talking points for each slide of the presentation
  • Includes all activity handouts, as well as entire transcript of Douglass' speech
Cons

  • None