Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Respond to one of the following prompts in a 750-word essay. Your answer should include direct references to the text, cited using Chicago-style footnotes. There is no need to include a full citation of the book; just the page number from which you pulled the quote or information is acceptable. At the end of the essay, tell me the word count and put that in bold. Remember that you’re required to have an argumentative thesis and adhere to proper English grammar. To turn in the essay, upload a file through Turnitin.
1) Compare the narrative style of Frederick Douglass’ autobiography with that of Benjamin Franklin. Do they write for the same reason? How does their ultimate goal shape their narrative style?
2) For so much of this course, we’ve discussed competing notions of freedom in early America. How does Douglass define freedom? How does he achieve freedom?
3) Does this book tell us as much about general life in the nineteenth-century South as it does about Douglass’ own life? Think like a historian: how might we use Douglass’ book to learn about antebellum society more broadly?
4) Douglass describes several poignant turning points in his life. What, in your opinion, are the three most formative episodes in his personal evolution?
5) How does Douglass discuss the environment in his autobiography? What role does the natural world play in his narrative?

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