Answer the following questions as they relate to the movie you watched this week:
1. How does Frederick Douglass learn to read? Why does literacy become so important to him?
2. How do slave narratives recast the American ideal of the “self-made man” to fit African Americans? How does Frederick Douglass, for example, build on and transform the legacy of Benjamin Franklin?
3. How do slave narratives draw on the seventeenth-century tradition of captivity narratives?