Happy Thanksgiving and Wapanoag Week!!!
For this week, I wish to introduce two ardent supporters of true Democracy and equality: the famous poet Walt Whitman and equally famous abolitionist (and former slave) Frederick Douglass.
Please first view this brief biography of Whitman: HERE
Read excerpts from his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass” (1855): HERE
Listen to Harvard historian David Blight talk about his new book on Frederick Douglass: HERE
Also view this video of James Earl Jones reading Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” (1852)
By Wednesday, Dec. 1, post a response to one of these readings or videos.
To end the semester, I will also be introducing Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, two of America’s greatest authors.
I will ask that you watch a recent film version of Melville’s Moby-Dick .
You may write your final essay on this film (or others I’ve briefly introduced).
Recommended films include: “Harriet”; “Little Women”; “The Scarlet Letter”; “Moby-Dick”; or perhaps the highly acclaimed “Glory” (on African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War); Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”; “Amistad” (a powerful film concerning a slave ship uprising).
By Dec. 1, please choose a topic (author or theme) that you would like to write about for your Essay Assignment (I am only requiring one essay for this class). You may focus on readings we’ve done (working from one of your earlier posts perhaps) or choose a topic from upcoming authors Hawthorne and Melville (you could also focus on a film I’ve recommended).