MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Frederick Douglass: If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress


Is Frederick Douglass’s method of resistance still relevant in today’s society?

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain Frederick Douglass’s philosophy of resistance.
  • Read a speech by Frederick Douglass and highlight elements of the speech that defines Frederick Douglass’s philosophy of resistance.
  • Write their own speech about resisting discrimination in today’s world in which they support or oppose
  • Frederick Douglass’s method of resistance.

Essential Questions:

  • What constituted an act of resistance of African Americans against the institution of slavery?
  • Are some acts of resistance more effective than others?

Produced by CCNMTL, Chase, Teachers College, and CCI