2. Clint Smith, How the Word is Passed, Author's Note (p. xiii) & Prologue (p. 3-7)
We will be reading the rest of Smith's book in the upcoming weeks of this unit, so acquiring the book is a great idea! Many independent and BIPOC, women owned bookstores stock it. If cost is prohibitive, contact the Teach Out for more information on receiving a copy!
The Douglass speech, while infamous, is lengthier and more intricate than meme & Internet culture (often activated around this time of year!) circulates it. For our 7/3/22 conversation, if you have the time, it may be fruitful to read the entirety of Douglass's words. Included above is a set of study questions that may activate some points for conversation or reflection. Feel free to use them as you see fit, and add your own.
our weekly outro
Allow me to say, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country...
--Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,"