Frederick Douglass for Kids [4:03]


This short cartoon aimed at younger children focuses on Frederick Douglass’ life struggles and role as a leading abolitionist.  It begins by discussing his trials just in learning how to read.  It then discusses his literary and political involvement.

Discussion Questions

  • Why was it so important to Frederick that he learn how to read?
  • What is an ‘abolitionist’?  What did they fight for and why?
  • Frederick’s autobiography gave many white Americans a picture of what life was like for slaves.  Why was this so important?
  • If you could give advice to President Abraham Lincoln, what would you tell him about slavery?

Keywords: Douglass, famous freethinker, slavery, African American, abolition, freedom, rights,


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