Runaway Slaves Discussion

Using the Frederick Douglass narrative and Professor Foner’s podcasts, briefly describe the experience of a runaway slave. Did Douglass provide any indication of his motivation[s] for escaping? If so, explain.

How did Douglass describe his feelings about escaping? Did he have any regrets about escaping?

What were his depictions of northern whites? How does Douglass describe his feelings about the Underground Railroad?

Compare and contrast the northern and southern views of slavery and of African-Americans themselves? Would African-Americans have been part of the “mainstream” culture in either the North or the South? Why, or why not?

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