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attachedShip of Slaves: The Middle Passage (Discussion 1b)
Discuss at least three of the following in brief:
1. What was distinctive, or tragic, about the way African Americans were brought to America?
2. Did you learn about the Middle Passage in high school, middle school, or elementary?
3. If not, why do you think you teachers did not mention or assign a book on the subject?
4. How did this video make you feel?
5. What was said about George Washington?
6. How did African people live before the Transatlantic Slave Trade?

Quiz 1 “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson and the Fight for Equality”
Students are required to answer the questions below after viewing the documentary:
1. Who (is this about)/Major Character(s)?
2. What (is this about)/Specific Subject Matter?
3. When do the events take place?
4. Where do the events take place?
5. Why do you think these events took place?
6. Relevance to today: What does this documentary have to do with today’s society?
7. Relevance to the you: What does this documentary make you feel?  Or how can you relate it to your life?
8. Relevance to course: How does this documentary help us understand African American history and Black life in America?
9. What is the most important message in the documentary?
10.  Who would benefit the most from viewing this documentary?

Summary 1/Essay/Frederick Douglass (Chapters 1-4)
Students are required to write a three-page summary (double-spaced) on the The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, chapters 1-4.  Students must re-tell the story in their own words, highlighting the important turn of events in Douglass’s life.  For example, where was Douglass born?  Who were Douglass’s parents?  What was the nature of his relationship with his mother?  When did Douglass realize that he was a slave?  Who was Aunt Hester?  What kind of work did Douglass perform as a slave?  Students should be able to answer the above questions in their summaries, tracing Douglass’s life throughout the chapters.
Please find a copy of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass below.  This book can be obtained free of charge via Google search.
Here is a pdf copy;

Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass aa (3).pdf

Discussion 2: Sally Hemings (Documentary)
Students must answer at least four of the question below, after they view the documentary.  Students must always write their answers in complete sentences.
1. Who are the major characters?
2. What are the major issues?
3. When do the events take place?
4. Where do the events take place?
5. Why do the events take place?
6. How is this documentary relevant to today’s society?
7. How is this documentary relevant to you?
8. How is this documentary relevant to the class?
9. What is the most important message of the documentary?
10. What does this documentary show about the challenges of being an African American girl and woman during the era of chattel slavery in American history?




















Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845,

in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.


Book: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Author: Frederick Douglass, 1817?–95
First published: 1845

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IN the month of August, 1841, I attended an anti-slavery

convention in Nantucket, at which it was my happiness to
become acquainted with FREDERICK DOUGLASS, the writer of
the following Narrative. He was a stranger to nearly every
member of that body; but, having recently made his escape from
the southern prison-house of bondage, and feeling his curiosity
excited to ascertain the principles and measures of the
aboliti onists,—of whom he had heard a somewhat vague
description while he was a slave,—he was induced to give his
attendance, on the occasion alluded to, though at that time a
resident in New Bedford.

Fortunate, most fortunate occurrence!—fortunate for the
milli ons of his manacled brethren, yet panting for deliverance
from their awful thraldom!—fortunate for the cause of negro
emancipation, and of universal li berty!—fortunate for the land
of his birth, which he has already done so much to save and
bless!—fortunate for a large circle of friends and acquaintances,
whose sympathy and affection he has strongly secured by the
many sufferings he has endured, by his virtuous traits of
character, by his ever-abiding remembrance of those who are in
bonds, as being bound with them!—fortunate for the multitudes,
in various parts of our republic, whose minds he has enlightened
on the subject of slavery, and who have been melted to tears by
his pathos, or roused to virtuous indignation by his stirring
eloquence against the enslavers of men!—fortunate for himself,
as it at once brought him into the field of public usefulness,


“gave the world assurance of a MAN,” quickened the slumbering
energies of his soul, and consecrated him to the great work of

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