This is Frederick Douglass. He is a pretty big deal.

As a group, answer the following questions:

  • What reasons does Douglass offer to make the case that the Fourth of July is not meant for the American slave?
  • Why is his speech radical? What truths does it reveal about American society?
  • How might his speech relate to social issues in current American society?

William Lloyd Garrison

  • What about William Lloyd Garrison? Who was he? Why does his perspective matter?
  • So, how does Douglass and Garrison's perspective on slavery help shape our understanding about the abolitionists point of view?

Selections from CV - A Writing Exercise