Objective: Preface Garrison is a well-known abolitionist for the time period. He takes time to lend his name to Douglass's book by writing the Preface as well as to gain further support for the anti-slavery movement. The objective of this lesson is to explore Garrison's role in the introduction to Douglass's book.
1) Divide the class into groups and have them discuss Garrison's role in the anti-slavery movement. Is Garrison's involvement in the anti-slavery movement out of concern for human suffering or for more self-righteous reasons?
2) Have the students discuss Garrison's expertise as an abolitionist. Is Garrison working toward the goal of freeing the slaves and, if so, how?
3) Have the students write about abolitionists. What is an abolitionist? Is Garrison an abolitionist or an opportunist? What is Garrison's motivation for writing the preface?
4) For Homework: Write a paragraph about Mr. Garrison's goals for writing the Preface to...
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