Reading Frederick Douglass
More about Frederick Douglass
Below you will find articles, speeches, histories, teacher resources and more that start to put Douglass’s speech in a variety of contexts. This resource makes no pretense at completeness. However, we hope you will find a tour through this page rewarding. This list was compiled by Mass Humanities.
By Frederick Douglass
- Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Foreword by Wendell Phillips. 1845: Boston, The Antislavery Office. 1846 edition, scanned and reformatted by Forgotten Books
- Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom (New York: Miller, Orton, & Company, 1857)
- Frederick Douglass Papers Edition
- Frederick Douglass Papers, Library of Congress
- An online collection of Frederick Douglass’ writings and speeches from 1845 to 1894 can be found on TeachingAmericanHistory.Org, including Douglass’ words in response to the Emancipation Proclamation and the enlistment of African-American men in the Union Army.
About Frederick Douglass or his work
- Charles W. Chesnutt. Frederick Douglass. Boston: Small, Maynard, 1899
- Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) Timeline
Frederick Douglass in Vermont
- Objections to the Anti-Slavery Movement page on the Vermont Historical Society website
- VPR commentary by Jane Williamson, Executive Director of the Rokeby Museum
Frederick Douglass in Massachusetts
- Slavery and the Fourth of July
- Reading Frederick Douglass during the Presidency of Barack Obama, Mass Humanities Newsletter, Spring 2009
- Public Speaking in an Outspoken Age This section of the E Pluribus Unum Project: America in the 1770s, 1850s, and 1920s, offers a discussion of the role oratory played in the debate over slavery.
- Abraham Lincoln, “Emancipation Proclamation,” January 1, 1863
- Nast, Thomas, “The Ignorant Vote—Honors are Easy” (Cartoon), Harper’s Weekly, v. 20. N. 1041. New York: December 9, 1876
- “The Mob in New York,” New York Times, v. 12, 15 July, 1863
A Selection of Relevant Web Resources
- The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship This project of the American Memory initiative showcases more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings from the African American collections of the Library of Congress.
- Library of Congress: Today in History, September 3. “On Monday, the third day of September, 1838, in accordance with my resolution, I bade farewell to the city of Baltimore, and to that slavery which had been my abhorrence from childhood.” An informative essay that is heavily linked to Douglass resources.
- American Abolitionism Developed by faculty members and graduate students at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, this project offers a number of resources for those interested in studying the American Abolitionist Movement.
- “Been Here So Long”: Selections from the WPA American Slave Narratives
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project Born in Slavery contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
- The Dred Scott Decision and its Bitter Legacy an online exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History
- The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, is dedicated to the investigation and dissemination of knowledge concerning all aspects of chattel slavery and its destruction.
An Interesting Take
- Claudia Anderson, “Parallel Lives: Frederick Douglass, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the Flight to Freedom,” The Weekly Standard 06/23/2008 (Volume 013, Issue 39)
Lesson Plans – Curriculum for teaching on Slavery, Abolition Movement and Frederick Douglass
Forward March: Continuing Frederick Douglass’ Footsteps This National Park Service “Teaching with Museum Collections” Lesson Plan includes a curriculum guide to accompany a visit to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at Cedar Hill, Douglass’ home in Washington, D.C., from 1877-1895. Suitable for Multiple grades.
The Ongoing Struggle for Freedom: Frederick Douglass Video Lesson Plan This is provided by C-SPAN to educate teachers how to introduce topics such as Freedom, Race, and Language in American History. Intended for 8th Grade and up.
The Great Debate Lesson Plan: Slavery in the U.S. Constitution Discusses Constitutional Racism and the Afro-American experience during the Reconstruction. Intended for Middle School students grades 6-8.
Interesting Texts/News Articles/Videos that could be incorporated into lesson plan
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Historians on Record Podcasts Provides lectures from numerous credible historians and scholars on historical documents, people, and events (Not an actual lesson plan, just teaching material). Intended for High School Students and up.
For Slavery and Abolition teaching resources see: www.gilderlehrman.org/institute/era_slaveryabolition.php