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[Detail] North Star, June 2, 1848. Edited by Frederick Douglass.

Historical Analysis and Interpretation: Identifying the Core Values of a Hypothetical  Douglass Administration

In an undated item, Douglass responded to a question posed to him regarding what he would do if he were president of the United States.  Read Douglass’ response.

  • Why did Douglass remark that the question was “a little absurd”?
  • What did Douglass identify as the central focus of any such administration?
  • What does this response reveal about Douglass’ values and aspirations?
  • Pick a major presidential decision that occurred during Douglass’ life. What alternative course of action might Douglass have chosen?  Explain