Frederick Douglass- Mini Biography

Before delving deeper into the writings of Frederick Douglass or the abolitionist movement, provide some historical background for your pupils with this brief video and gain a more complete understanding of Douglass' vision for a world without race or color limitations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this video as a starter activity before beginning a more detailed analysis of slave narratives and abolitionist writings
  • This is a great resource for Black History Month or in review of influential African-Americans in United States history
  • Begin a discussion or writing assignment regarding whether or not we have reached Douglass' vision for a society without color barriers today
Classroom Considerations

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Pros

  • Includes primary source images from the period, as well as excerpts of historical reenactments
  • Other topics discussed include Douglass' slave narrative, as well as his work recruiting for the 54th Massachusetts infantry
Cons

  • None