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Frederick Douglass Essay Prompts
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Slave narratives provocatively asserted- in defiance of white racism- that black men, women, and children were human and that slavery inhumanely repressed their basic human rights. How does Douglass convey his humanity, and that of his fellow slaves, to his reading audience?
Conventional novels and autobiographies in the 19th century tracked the moral progress or coming-of-age experiences of the major character from youth to maturity. How does Douglass use and/or undermine this model?
What role does religion play in the lives of slaves and slaveholders? To what purpose is Scripture used to both discipline and offer emancipatory hope to the enslaved?
- 1000 words
- 10 or 12 point font
- Standard written English
- One inch margins
- Double space
- Chicago Style footnotes