Frederick Douglass The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
You would have read that Frederick Douglass was born a slave
in an isolated Maryland plantation and then escaped. He traveled extensively in
the North and abroad and became a prominent abolitionist. He counseled
President Lincoln during the Civil War and influenced some of his decisions.
What enabled Frederick Douglass to escape from slavery? In
answering this, you should include all the significant people, experiences,
incidents and books that created a desire in him to escape and gave him the ability
to do so. You should also explain HOW these factors influenced him. Once
Douglass escaped he joined up with abolitionists in the North and became a
prominent abolitionist. What role did he play in the abolitionist movement in
the U.S. and abroad? You should also discuss his introduction to the world of
abolitionists, his extensive work as an abolitionist at home and abroad, and
his views on the purchase of his freedom. You should discuss his views on the
Constitution. You should further include in your answer his views on the Civil
War, on Abraham Lincoln, and his work in the Civil War.
Part 2: (2 pages minimum)
Listen or read the transcript of historian Eric Foner’s
interview in the NPR program. What similarities do you see between Douglass’
experiences and the experiences that Professor Foner discussed. According to
Foner what reasons did slaves give for wanting to escape? What estimate did
Foner give for the number of slaves who escaped through New York city? What is
Foner’s opinion on the importance of the Fugitive Slave Act? What is the source
of the information in Foner’s book “Gateway to Freedom” and who found it?