Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two of the most influential figures in U.S. history, had a complicated relationship. Across decades, Douglass described Lincoln in sharply contrasting terms, at times denouncing him, and at others, praising the slain president. In this lesson, students read three documents penned by Douglass about Lincoln. Students consider the context of the men's relationship, including their meetings at the White House, as well as the broader historical context, to investigate the question: How did Frederick Douglass view Abraham Lincoln?
Image: Photograph of Frederick Douglass in 1964. From the Library of Congress.