Douglass in his library.

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From an early age Frederick Douglass knew that reading was his key to success. This 20-30 minute program works with students to discover why reading was so powerful for Douglass as a slave and then as an abolitionist. A Park Ranger leads students through Frederick Douglass’ life, emphasizing the importance of literacy. Pictures, many of which are unique to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, help illustrate the story

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African American History and Culture, Civic Engagement, Civil Rights Movement, Civil War, History, Leadership, Literature, Reading, Slavery, Writing
National/State Standards:
NSS-USH.K-4.3, NSS-USH.5-12.4, NSS-USH.5-12.5, NSS-C.K-4.2, NSS-C.K-4.5, NSS-C.5-8.5, NSS-G.K-12.4, NL-ENG.K-12.1, NL-ENG.K-12.2, NL-ENG.K-12.2, NL-ENG.K-12.3
Frederick Douglass
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