Abolitionist Literature

Due at the end of the period!

Purpose: How did these abolitionist writers and pieces of literature inspire change in American values, politics, and society?

Learning Goal: Identify how did these abolitionist writers and pieces of literature inspire change American in values, politics, and society?


Your group will examine the impact of abolitionist literature during the 1820s-1860s. Your group will effectively identify the biography of each writer, their most impacting piece, and provide analysis on why this piece inspired others in the abolitionist cause. For each task:



  1. Focus your answer on our overall learning goal.
  2. Directions for each section may vary; please read all of the directions prior to beginning your task.
  3. You need to cite any website you use to acquire information included in each section.

Abolitionist Leader

The Legacy of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglas was a powerful figure in the American abolitionist movement as an orator and literary contributor. Through his many speeches and written works, he was able to change the minds and hearts the nation. As you visit the websites attached create a resume including the highlights of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.


Task: You are introducing Frederick Douglass at a political affair in 1890. This introduction will illustrate Douglass as an abolitionist writer and leader, powerful orator and political activist. Overall, your priority is to highlight his relentless pursuit toward the American Dream.


Create a "resume" including at least 10 points (in a bullet format) for this introduction to serve as the outline for your introductory speech.


Research: Remember as you look for information to complete your resume, be sure to choose websites that are reliable resources. Please attach at least 3 websites you used to gather your information.

Here are a few websites we offer to you: http://www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/frdo/index.html

http://www.loc.gov/collections/frederick-douglass-papers/articles-and-essays/frederick-douglass-timeline/

Abolitionist Literature

Uncle Tom's Cabin

How did Uncle Tom's Cabin contribute to the abolitionist movement?
  1. Biography
    Provide a brief biography of Harriet Beecher Stowe including her background, experience, as well as impact in the abolitionist movement.
  2. Book Cover
    Include an image of the book cover!
  3. Summary
    Provide a summary which allows the reader to understand why this piece was powerful to the abolitionist movement.
  4. Importance
    How did this piece of literature inspire change in American values, politics, and society?


Other questions to consider:

  • Who was the intended audience for Harriet Beecher Stowe ?
  • What about this piece was powerful for the intended audience?
  • How did Uncle Tom's Cabin inspire change in American values, politics, and society?

Suggestion: https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/utc/impact.shtml

Slave Narratives (use your title here)

  1. Biography
    Provide a brief biography of this author including their background, experiences, and as well as impact in the abolitionist movement.
  2. Summary
    Provide a summary which allows the reader to understand why this piece was powerful to the abolitionist movement.
  3. Inspiration
    Who inspired this individual? What was their motivation?
  4. Importance
    How does this narrative inspire change in American values, politics, and society?


Other questions to consider:

  • Who was the intended audience for your writer?
  • What about this piece was powerful for the intended audience?
Suggestion: http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/chronautobio.html

How did these abolitionist writers and pieces of literature inspire change in American values, politics, and society?

Conclusion Paragraph

Write one paragraph answering the question above, "How did these abolitionist writers and pieces of literature inspire change American values, politics, and society?" Your group will work together to create a cohesive conclusion with strong evidence.


Be sure to:

  • Develop a thesis clear statement.
  • Each example you detailed needs to be represented in your response.