Frederick Douglass: Orator, Editor, and Abolitionist

Imagine the task of designing a national memorial for a former slave, orator, editor, and abolitionist! Scholars research and analyze the impact of the life of Frederick Douglass. Incorporating primary and secondary sources as well as video clips, young historians envision a new memorial honoring Douglass's effect on the American landscape.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Split the class into groups to research the life of Frederick Douglass, slave, orator, editor, abolitionist 
  • Extend the lesson by using other PBS videos on abolitionists
  • Place photos of other national memorials around the room prior to the lesson as a reference for the project
Classroom Considerations
  • Group sizes should be no more than three
  • Provides questions for the video clip on Douglass
  • Printable materials and graphic organizers make this an easy lesson to implement
  • None