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Unit Six Launch. Week One! 7/3. How May We Understand Freedom & Justice on the Fourth of July?

Teach Out Gathering Time

Sunday, July 3. 5:00-7:00pm PST

Meeting ID: 912 5545 1845

landscapes of the american experience:

hope, reflection, & how we build democracy in 2022

what to the justice minded is US independence day?


our weekly guides

1. Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July"

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!


our weekly provocations

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,"

July 5, 1852



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