Before we begin...

  1. Why do you think we held onto slavery for so long in the United States? (Timeline)
  2. Why were Southerners willing to go to war to defend the right to own slaves (even though MOST Southerners didn't own them)?

Today we are going to examine American Slavery through the arguments of two very different men: George Fitzhugh and Frederick Douglass


Document #1: "The Blessings of Slavery" from Cannibals All! (Fitzhugh, 1857)


Document #2: "Independence Day Speech" (Douglass, 1852)


Final Thoughts:

  1. Would we be the country we are today without slavery in our past? (If not, would we be better? Worse?)
  2. Does slavery still exist?