Answer all of the following seven questions in the order provided. Write your responses in paragraph form and in complete sentences. Use only the third person voice.
Do not use “I,” “we,” “us,” or “you.” It is possible to express your own opinion in the third person—writers do this regularly. Stick with past tense when writing about history—the past. Refrain from using the dreaded
“false” present tense that inexplicably has become so popular on the History Channel. Avoid contractions and slang. That you must also avoid vulgarity should go with saying. Remember to carefully proofread your papers for spelling, grammar, factual content, and overall clarity. I strongly advise you to take advantage of Darton College’s Writing Center—please see the HIST 2111-50 Georgia View page for more information regarding the Writing Center.
1) Describe F#D74B4Berick Douglass’s early childhood. What kind of relationship did he have with his mother?
Who was his father? Why did Douglass believe that slaves of mixed parentage “suffer[ed] greater hardships” than other slaves? Provide specific details that support your response.
2) In Chapter Four, Douglass recounted some of the brutality visited upon slaves by white overseers and masters. In your own words, describe some of the episodes that Douglass witnessed. According to Douglass, was the killing of a slave treated as a crime by the Talbot County courts or community? Support your response with evidence from the book.
3) How did Douglass learn how to read and write? What personal and legal obstacles did he surmount in order to attain basic literacy? Be specific.
4) In Chapter Ten, Douglass asserted that his “battle with Mr. Covey was the turning point in my career as a slave.” What led Douglass to draw this conclusion? Provide details.
5) Why did Douglass believe that holidays served as the most important means “among the slaveholder in keeping down the spirit of insurrection” in slaves?
6) What was “the most painful thought” that Douglass had to contend with when contemplating flight from slavery? Why was he hesitant to provide the specific details regarding his path to freedom?
7) Why do you believe that the Narrative of the Life of F#D74B4Berick Douglass had such a profound impact on the abolitionist movement in antebellum America? Why does the book continue to remain relevant today, over 160 years since its initial publication? Provide your “take”—in the third person voice.