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					from Narrative of the Life
of Frederick Douglass


  The Battle With Mr. Covey
Background
n   Born into slavery in Maryland
    around 1817
n   Separated from mother soon after
    birth
n   Taught himself to read with help of
    others
n   Escaped to Massachusetts at 21
n   Married, worked as abolitionist and
    changed name to Douglass
n   1845 – went to England
n   British friends purchased his
    freedom
n   1847 – returned to US, founded the
    “North Star”
n   1855 – published My Bondage and
    My Freedom
n   Worked on Underground Railroad
    during the Civil War
n   1881 – published The Life and
    Times of Frederick Douglass
Vocabulary
Intimated – stated indirectly
Comply – obey; agree to a request
Interpose – put forth in order to interfere
Afforded – gave; provided
Solemnity – seriousness
Render – make
Singular – remarkable
Attributed – thought of as resulting from
Expiring – used as
Analysis
n Writer’s purpose
  n Douglass wrote this narrative to show how he restored
    his dignity and sense of self-worth
  n He uses graphic details to emphasize the extent to
    which he had been degraded/dehumanized
n Writer’s attitude (tone)
  n Douglass’s language suggest the powerlessness that
    characterized the slaves’ lives
  n Douglass’s actions indicates his assumptions about the
    obligations of slaveholders
Analysis
n Reading skills
   n How does Douglass use similes and metaphors?
   n Characterize Master Thomas’s reaction to Douglass’s
     complaints.
   n What other options might Douglass have pursued?
   n What role does superstition play in the lives of slaves?
   n How would you characterize Covey’s treatment of
     Douglass that Sunday?
   n Why is Douglass’s battle with Covey so important to
     him?
   n What is the difference between being a slave in “form”
     and slave in “fact”?

				
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