Busting Myths About Slavery

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A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Mythbusters

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One of Douglass’s main goals throughout his narrative is to debunk a number of claims slavery supporters commonly used to justify slavery. Douglass chooses his topics carefully in order to respond to popular misconceptions. Using a T Chart, students can identify and share the myths Douglass uses to strengthen his abolitionist argument. They will depict the pro-slavery myths Douglass attacks in one column and contrast it with depictions of the realities that Douglass explains. Students can accompany the storyboards with explanations in their own words or specific quotations from the narrative.


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As an extension, have students do further research into the myths and realities of slavery using other first hand accounts like Olaudah Equiano's autobiography. Students can add to their T-Chart or create a new one.


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Create a storyboard illustrating the myth vs. reality of slavery.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In one column, describe the myths/pro-slavery views Douglass identifies.
  3. In the other column, describe the realities using direct quotes from the text or your own words.
  4. Create illustrations for each cell using appropriate characters, items, and scenes.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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