Skip to Content

Art & Resistance: Frederick Douglass

1 Favorite 0 Copies
Language Arts And English +2 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Why art & resistance in a novel study of The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

  • This lesson may be used as a pre-reading activity for a study of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  My two year literature course begins junior year with the reading and interrogation of Douglass' Narrative.  
  • Students often have a limited view of the author, the historical context of 19th century America and especially the resistance against oppression and struggle for agency of racialized groups (like the kidnapped Africans who were stolen from their homes, trafficked and enslaved).  
  • This collection is designed to help students construct meaning around one of Douglass' many means of resistance to oppression by the careful curation of his image.

Why resistance?  

  • My rationale for centering our literature study on the concept of resistance was born from conversations with students last year that revealed their false beliefs that enslaved people (specifically the kidnapped and enslaved Africans trafficked and sold into the American Slave Trade) did not by and large resist.  There was large scale ignorance across all my classes of the scale of acts of resistance as well. 
  •  Additionally,I thought since my students are developmentally at a stage of differentiating themselves from their parents/ families (often looking like resistance to norms) that they would find relevance and resonance with a unit centered on resistance.

#goglobal #andersonpetty

Art_Resistance_2.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance.pdf

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_3.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_4.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_5.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_6.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_7.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_9.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_8.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_11.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_10.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_12.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_14.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_13.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Life Magazine Vol. 65 No. 21

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Heroes of the Colored Race

National Portrait Gallery

Pinback button featuring Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Print of Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Cabinet card of Frederick Douglass with his grandson, Joseph Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Handbill for a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Print of Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carte-de-visite of Frederick Douglass

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Let My People Free

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Frederick Douglas

Word Press

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Art_Resistance_15.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_16.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_17.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_18.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Art_Resistance_19.png

Sher Anderson Petty

Reading Portraiture Guide

National Portrait Gallery

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access