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4.21.2: Reading and Review Questions
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- How, and why, does Douglass obviate binary oppositions on which rest cultural definitions of race and racial difference?
- What are some of the racial and cultural oppositions that are enforced by the slave system do blacks face? Why?
- How does the slave system belie the very oppositions by which white slave-holders define themselves as “naturally” and culturally superior to blacks? How, if at all, do such insights in the Narrative compare to those in Uncle Tom’s Cabin?
- What role does education play in Douglass’s advancement towards freedom from slavery? How does his development compare to that of the fictional Topsy’s? Why?
- To what atrocities does Douglass bring attention? Why? How do you know?