Session 02: The Question of Slavery

Main Themes:

The Question of Slavery; Nascent age of industrialization.

Key Questions:

Are all Men really Created Equal? What were the contradictions between the ideas and realities of human rights during the first half of the 19th century?


1. Listen to the excerpt from “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech delivered by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852, read by Danny Glover.

2. Read Sojourner Truth speech delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in May 1851 (pdf attached).

3. The Haitian Revolution:

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