Week 9–Class Recap (November 7, 2014)

Power Point Notes:

Week 9

Review Frederick Douglass

Preview Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Frederick Douglass Test

1.What day does Douglass say that his birthday falls on, in the first few sentences of the book?

2.Describe the relationship Douglass had with his mother.

3.Why do the slaves sing?

4.Why do the slaves argue among themselves over whose master is better?

5.How did the Auld’s of Baltimore treat Douglass?

6.How did he continue to learn to read after it was forbidden him?

7.Describe Mr. Covey.

8.Did Douglass ever fight back?

9.How did the white people react to Douglass’ Sabbath School?

10.Describe his escape?

Important Quote

“I now understood what had
been to me a most perplexing difficulty—to wit, the white
man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand
achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I
understood the pathway from slavery to freedom.”–Douglass


“Gone, gone, sold and gone

To the rice swamp dank and lone,

Where the slave-whip ceaseless swings,

Where the noisome insect stings,

Where the fever-demon strews

Poison with the falling dews,

Where the sickly sunbeams glare

Through the hot and misty air:—

Gone, gone, sold and gone

To the rice swamp dank and lone,

From Virginia hills and waters—

Woe is me, my stolen daughters!”


I have observed this in

my experience of slavery,—that whenever my condition was

improved, instead of its increasing my contentment, it only

increased my desire to be free, and set me to thinking of plans

to gain my freedom. I have found that, to make a contented

slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary

to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to

annihilate the power of reason. He must be able to detect no

inconsistencies in slavery; he must be made to feel that slavery

is right; and he can be brought to that only when he ceases to be

a man


This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revived within me a sense of my own manhood. It recalled the departed self-confidence, and inspired me again with a determination to be free. The gratification afforded by the triumph was a full compensation for whatever else might follow, even death itself. He only can understand the deep satisfaction which I experienced, who has himself repelled by force the bloody arm of slavery I assert most unhesitatingly, that the religion of the south is a mere covering for the most horrid crimes,—a justifier of the most appalling barbarity,—a sanctifier of the most hateful frauds,—and a dark shelter under, which the darkest, foulest, grossest, and most infernal deeds of slaveholders find the strongest protection. Were I to be again reduced to the chains of slavery, next to that enslavement, I should regard being the slave of a religious master the greatest calamity that could befall. For of all slaveholders with whom I have ever met, religious slaveholders are the worst.


2 thoughts on “Week 9–Class Recap (November 7, 2014)

  1. Hey sorry I couldn’t reply to you! I didnt have time to see it. Right when I pulled it up my mom made me turn in my phone. :/ Tell me Sunday. Cya then! ❤

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