Frederick Douglass Narrative
1) Who was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey who became Frederick Douglass? Who was this black child grown to adulthood in slaveholding Maryland?
2) Why did Douglass write this autobiography? How much of it is about him and how much is it about slavery as he expected and observed it?
3) What can we imagine about similarly situated women and men from a close reading of Douglass’s narrative? Does Douglass give us any sense of oppression that expands beyond the boundaries of racial slavery in America?
4)Think about Frederick Douglass’s life as he tells it in relation to that of Benjamin Franklin’s in his autobiography. Are there similarities or are their lives completely different?’