With the recent hubbub surrounding Frederick Douglass, we thought it prudent to remind readers of his important role in not only Black History, but in history itself and in literature. If you need to purchase a copy of his book, the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, we’ve provided a handy link.
As a slave, Douglass was abused and suffered terribly at the hands of various masters. Eventually he was able to escape and make his way north, to freedom. He published his autobiography because so many at the time were skeptical of him. Most slaves couldn’t read or write and so Douglass’s accomplishments were even more important; it proved to all those around him that these accomplishments were possible for anyone.
Outside of Black History month, Douglass’s book is a great accompaniment to history lessons on slavery and the Civil War but can also work with reading lesson plans on autobiographies, African American writers, or Civil War literature.