by Levi Coffin
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The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpt from Chapter 1
- Frederick Douglass
In this excerpt from Frederick Douglass' autobiography, Douglass describes the horrifying abuse of Aunt Hester by the slave master.Pair “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: Excerpt from Chapter 1” with “Margaret Garner: Defying the Fugitive Slave Act” and ask students to discuss the experiences of slaves. What forms of abuse does Douglass identify in his text? How could these experiences have contributed to the fear that drove Garner to kill her children and attempt to kill herself?
- Edwidge Danticat
In Edwidge Danticat’s short story “Testimonial,” a young woman considers her duties to a sisterhood she is expected to join following her mother’s death.Pair “Margaret Garner: Defying the Fugitive Slave Act” with “Testimonial” and ask students to discuss the different motives the women had for killing their children. How did the circumstances of the moment contribute to their decision? How does “Margaret Garner: Defying the Fugitive Slave Act” help students further understand the horrors of slavery discussed in “Testimonial”?