MAAP | Mapping the African American Past

Frederick Douglass: If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress - 4th Grade Adaptation


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

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Explore the natural, political and moral grounds for resistance to evil.
  • Read excerpts of a speech by Frederick Douglass highlighting elements of the speech that defines Frederick Douglass’s philosophy of resistance.
  • Generalize about why standing by and not resisting might be wrong in current situations in their fourth grade classroom.

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?

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