1. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery.
2. It was illegal to teach slaves to read.
3. Frederick learned to read and write anyway.
4. He became famous for his speeches and books.
On Line Resources
Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass
by Doreen Rappaport
This beautifully illustrated biography chronicles the events of Frederick's life from birth through the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment. Besides the story narrative, each page of text also contains sentences in Douglass's own words.
Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
The story of Frederick Douglass learning to read and write when such things were illegal for slaves is impressive. This books chronicles the process and documents how Douglass used his skills to free his mind and spirit, as well as his body. The illustrations are both beautiful and emotion-conveying.
A Picture book of Frederick Douglass
by David Adler
Written as a narrative, this biography describes Frederick's remarkable life from birth to death. The illustrations are muted and captivating.
Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery
by William Miller
This biography describes the life of a young Frederick Douglass from birth until his teenage years. It ends after Frederick learns his own strength by physically overpowering the man charged with breaking his spirit. The muted-color illustrations echo the darkness of the setting and events.